asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that, of the 1,711 cotton mills in the Bolton, Manchester, and Warrington districts, only 308 or 18 per cent. are working full time; whether any of the 908 working part time, or 53 per cent. of the whole, are included in the Lancashire Cotton Corporation scheme; and whether he has received any intimation of any of the closed mills reopening unless they are brought into a scheme for rationalisation?
I am not aware from what source the hon. and gallant Member has obtained the figures he quotes, nor am I in a position to answer the second part of the question. The reply to the third part is in the negative, but I should not expect to receive an intimation of the reopening of individual mills.