§ Captain Bullock
asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware of the difficulties of reinstating ex-Servicemen in the Liverpool cotton trade owing to the restrictions of Government control; and whether he can now give some indication as to what plans exist to relax these controls at the earliest possible opportunity.
§ Mr. R. Grimston
The distribution of cotton is already conducted through the merchants, but conditions in the countries of supply and the wide variations in price render public purchase of cotton abroad unavoidable at the present time. It is intended to revert to private purchase as soon as conditions permit.