§ 14. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will now make a statement on the future of the Cotton Board.
§ 20. Mr. Hall-Davis
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the review of the future of the Cotton Board has been completed; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jay
An Order has now been laid before the House embodying the recommendations made to me by a working group of employers and trade unionists which conducted the review of the Cotton Board. The Order will shortly be debated; but I should like now to express my appreciation of the thorough and con- 1552 structive work which the working group has done.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
Why does the right hon. Gentleman not include all textiles under this new body? Why did he exclude wool?
§ Mr. Hall-Davis
During the period before the Order becomes effective, will the right hon. Gentleman keep in touch with the Cotton Board regarding the widespread closure of textile units which is now taking place in Lancashire, and keep under review the desirability of extending the districts of Lancashire available for development area assistance?
§ Mr. Mapp
With regard to the Order to be brought in next week about the revised Cotton Board, will my right hon. Friend say whether there is any power included within the Cotton Board to deal with rationalisation schemes, and/or import quotas, or a similar high standing committee, and if not, why not?
§ Sir C. Osborne
Will the right hon. Gentleman ask the Cotton Board to investigate why it is that Lancashire producers of yarn charge about 10d. a 1b. more for their yarn that we can buy it from the Continent?