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Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many workers are currently employed on a full-time basis in the cotton textile industry; and what was the comparative figure for one year previously.

In November 1974 the estimated number of employees in employment in spinning and weaving of cotton, flax, linen and man-made fibres—Minimum List Headings 412 and 413 of the Standard Industrial Classification—in Great Britain was 104,700, compared with 109,100 in November 1973. The estimates are subject to revision. They do not indicate how many were employed on a full-time basis, but at June 1973, the latest date for which census of employment results are available, out of 117,400 employees in employment, 89,300 were recorded as full-time employees. Some information is also available about short-time working in the industry. In the week ending 16th November 1974, about 6,700 operatives were stood off or working short-time, compared with about 100 in the corresponding week in 1973.