§ Squadron-Leader Fleming
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply whether he has forwarded any reply, in addition to formal acknowledgment, to the statement forwarded to him on the 11th November, 1941, by the Cotton Trade Merchants' Association; and what steps he intends to take in the matter.
§ Mr. Harold Macmillan
No, Sir. Following on a discussion the Association had with the Cotton Controller and the Chairman of the Cotton Board, a copy of a statement was received from them. It was 1543W stated to be sent for the Minister's information. As indicated in the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Westhoughton (Mr. Rhys Davies) on nth November my Noble Friend cannot see his way to provide by order for compensation for the cancellation of the contracts in question.