HC Deb 22 February 1949 vol 461 c1699
81. Mr. J. Lewis

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that many textile mills engaged on fine cotton spinning are short of orders and are producing for stock; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. J. Edwards

No, Sir; my information is that there is no general lack of business for fine spinning mills and that any mills which are short of orders must be exceptional cases. It is not, of course, unusual for a small proportion of production to be put into stock, but if my hon. Friend would care to furnish me with further details I should be glad to look into them.

Mr. Lewis

Would the Parliamentary Secretary look into the position in those areas where fine cotton spinning is being carried on, when he will find, I think, that the information on which the Question is based is quite true?

Mr. Edwards

I have already looked into the position in respect of fine spinning and I can find no evidence to support the view which my hon. Friend has put forward. If he will give me details I will look into them.