HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 cc312-3W
115. Mr. J. Lewis

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that of the 17 per cent. stopped mule spindles in running mills, approximately 10 per cent. is due to cardroom labour shortage and only 7 per cent. due to muleroom labour shortage, whereas of the 20 per cent. ring spindles stopped in running mills, 15 per cent. is due to ring labour shortage and only 5 per cent. due to cardroom labour shortage; and if he will give an estimate of the redundancy he anticipates in labour employed in the muleroom resulting from the process of scrapping mules and replacing them by ring spindles.

Mr. Isaacs

I have no such information. There are at present outstanding vacancies for both mule and ring spinners, and I have no reason to expect that the very limited change from mule to ring spindle will create unemployment.