HC Deb 11 March 1948 vol 448 c1398
12. Mr. Shepherd

asked the President of the Board of Trade the volume of cotton textile exports in 1947 as compared with 1937, after weighting, in respect of fine counts.

Mr. H. Wilson

The estimated volume of exports of cotton yarns and manufactures, other than apparel, in 1947 was 32 per cent. of that in 1937.

Mr. Shepherd

Does not the right hon. Gentleman consider it a sad commentary on the actions of the Government that since the war we have only 32 per cent. of 1937 production?

Mr. Wilson

No, Sir, the cotton industry has taken a pretty long time to recover from the effects of concentration and the other measures applied during the war. We are looking to the industry for a much larger increase in 1948.