§ 12. Mr. William Shepherd
asked the President of the Board of Trade the volume of cotton textile exports, on the latest available date, expressed as a percentage of the 1937 volume.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
The volume of United Kingdom exports of cotton yarns and manufactures in the third quarter of this year was 54 per cent. of the average for the year 1937.
§ Mr. Sutcliffe
Has the right hon. Gentleman good reason to suppose that these figures will shortly be increased?
§ Mr. Wilson
Yes, Sir, I certainly hope they will, but I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will realise the difficulties of expanding output in exports in an industry which has 30 years of neglect and the difficulties of war-time behind it.
§ Sir John Barlow
Can the right hon. Gentleman say how the volume compares with exports of 20 years ago?