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Cotton Industry

Volume 236: debated on Thursday 6 March 1930

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of male and female cotton operatives in the spinning and weaving sections who were registered as unemployed at the latest convenient date?

As the reply consists of a Table of figures, I will circulate a statement, if I may, in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Will the right hon. Lady say if there is a larger number of unemployed in the cotton industry to-day than ever before under similar circumstances?

Will the right hon. Lady Dost in the smoking room—

in the tea-room, a diagram, which I know exists, showing the position of the unemployment figure as between different trades and in different towns?

If the right hon. Lady finds that what I say is correct, will she impress on the Chancellor of the Exchequer the necessity of instituting a policy of Safeguarding?

Following is the statement:

MEN and WOMEN classified as belonging to the COTTON INDUSTRY on the Registers of Employment Exchanges in the 57 principal cotton trade centres at 27th January, 1930.
Department.Wholly unemployed.Temporarily stopped.Totals.
Men.Women.Total.Men.Women.Total.
Card and Blowing Room9155,3526,2671,2996,8768,17514,442
Spinning5,2674,3969,6638,4586,90115,35925,022
Beaming, Winding and Warping.9424,3015,2432,10111,46413,56518,808
Weaving2,8319,24712,0783,16710,14013,30725,385
Other processes6442008443893317201,564
Total10,59923,49634,09515,41435,71251,12685,221