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Textiles (Production And Exports)

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the relative figures for the main branches of the textile industry for 1938 and 1950 on the basis of which he calculates that neither production nor exports for 1950 had recovered to the extent of 1938.

I assume that this Question has arisen from a statement made by the then President of the Board of Trade during the debate on the Budget proposals on 16th April. This related solely to the cotton industry, and the relative figures are set out in the table below:

Unit19381950
Production:
Cotton and cotton waste yarnsMn. lbs.1,050954
Woven cotton clothMn. lin. yds.2,800 (a)2,123
Exports:
Cotton yarnsMn. lbs.12371
Woven cotton piece goodsMn. sq. yds.1,368822
(a) Estimated