Mr. H. Wilson
It is not the normal practice to disclose details of the stocks of cotton in the United Kingdom. I assume, however, that the hon. Member is primarily interested in United States and similar cottons and in view of the general concern with this question, I am prepared to say that stocks of cotton in the United Kingdom of a staple length of less than 1⅛ in., aggregated 24 weeks' consumption at the beginning of March. This total includes many different growths and conceals serious shortages of some important individual growths, notably of U.S. cotton itself.