§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Hale
Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to inform the House whether he regards these figures as satisfactory and whether the recent figures for May—we have not got them yet and we do not know them yet—will not show, on our knowledge of unemployment in Lancashire, a very marked and serious reduction in production?
§ Following is the answer:
|PRODUCTION OF COTTON YARN AND CLOTH|
|WEEKLY AVERAGES FOR PERIODS OF FOUR OR FIVE WEEKS|
|—||Single cotton yarn including cotton waste yarn)||Woven cotton cloth|
|Mn. lbs.||Mn. linear yds.|
|The month of May included the Whitsun Bank holiday in 1951 and 1953. For May, 1951, the figure is an average of five weeks' production. The total of output of woven cotton cloth in May this year is not yet available; in April it amounted to 35.3 million linear yards per week.|