HC Deb 23 November 1979 vol 974 c367W
Mr. Frank R. White

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the estimated underusage of capacity in the Lancashire cotton, man-made woven fabric industry, taking cotton and manmade fibres separately.

Mr. David Mitchell

There are no official statistics showing the underusage of capacity in the Lancashire cotton and man-made fibre woven fabric industries. In the joint CBI and NEDO inquiry, for October 1979, into trends in the textiles and clothing industries 64 per cent. of the respondent firms in the cotton and manmade fibre weaving industry reported that they were working below a satisfactory full rate of operation. Separate figures for cotton and man-made fibres are not available.