§ 114. Mr. Edelman
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the difficulties now facing the rayon industry owing to the recession of trade; and what steps he is taking to ease these difficulties, which are now adversely affecting those engaged in the industry.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Yes. I am aware that production of rayon, as well as of other textiles, has had to be reduced as a consequence of the present recession in trade. I understand that the individual 79W producers are in consultation with employees and with the trade unions to ensure that labour conditions remain as stable as possible during the period of reduced activity, which I hope will not be prolonged.
With regard to the last part of the Question, I have nothing to add to what I said during yesterday's debate on the general position in the textile industry.