HC Deb 17 April 1972 vol 835 c36W
Mr. Lamond

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a special study of the long-term employment prospects in the textile industry in Lancashire.

Mr. Dudley Smith

The Textile Council's report on the cotton and allied textile industries included an assessment of future employment prospects which was based on a thorough examination of all the relevant factors. The appropriate Government Departments are continuing to keep a close watch on developments and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has instructed his officials to set up special monitoring machinery in co-operation with the industry. Therefore I do not think that a special study, which would involve considerable administrative expense, would be justified.