HC Deb 09 October 1945 vol 414 cc18-9
35. Colonel Erroll

asked the Minister of Labour what progress has been made since 25th July, 1945, in augmenting the labour force in the cotton industry.

Mr. Isaacs

In the period 13th May to 21st July, 1945, the average number of workers placed in employment in the cotton industry each fortnight was 935. The corresponding figure for the period 22nd July to 29th September was 1,224 each fortnight. The net increase in the labour force of the spinning section of the industry was 1,150 between July and September.

Colonel Erroll

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider publishing similar figures each fortnight or each month so that we may know how the industry is getting on?

Mr. Isaacs

I am not sure that publication, in the accepted sense of the word, is necessary, but we should be glad to give information if Questions on the matter were put down from time to time.