HC Deb 28 February 1952 vol 496 cc188-9W
125. Mr. Blackburn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the high percentage of unemployed and temporary unemployed amongst the cotton operatives in Stalybridge; and what action he is taking to help to counteract the present serious recession in the textile industry.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I am aware of the difficulties which the textile industries are facing at the present time and the resulting effect on employment amongst cotton operatives in Stalybridge and elsewhere. Through the Cotton Board, I am keeping in close touch with the industry about their difficulties; but they can be resolved ultimately only by a revival of the buying of textiles throughout the world.

127. Miss Bacon

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the clothing factory of Montague Burton Limited, Leeds, is now working short time; and what proposals he has whereby the serious situation developing in the textile and clothing industries can be overcome.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

Yes, I am well aware of the general decline in demand for textiles and clothing, both at home and abroad, in recent months and I am watching the position closely in consultation with my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Labour.