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Textiles

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) what was the level of import penetration as a percentage of domestic sales in each quarter of 1973, 1974 and the first quarter of 1975 by volume and value in the non-knitted sector of the textile industry;(2) what was the level of home production in each quarter of 1973, 1974 and the first quarter of 1975 by volume and value in the non-knitted sector of the textile industry.

Million square metres
(i) Woven cloth
197319741975
Q 1Q.2Q.3Q.4Q.1Q.2Q.3Q.4Q.1
Production of cotton cloth14413710812610512399126121
Production of man-made fibre and mixture cloth175172150176144187163183174
Deliveries of woollen and worsted cloth494943504347424238
Total368358301352292357304351333
source: Textile Statistics Bureau; Wool Industry Bureau of Statistics.

and location of the works of the companies in the shipbuilding and related industries due to be nationalised together with similar information in respect of British Channel Shiprepairers.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 19th May 1975; Vol. 892, c. 249], gave the following information:The non-knitted sector of the textile industry has been defined to cover the weaving of fabrics by the cotton and allied textile industry and the woollen and worsted industry but figures for made-up clothing—that is, garments produced in the clothing industry—are also provided.

Corresponding figures of the value of production/deliveries given above are not available.

The value and quantity of sales of cotton and man made fibre cloth are

£million

1973

1974

1975

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

250248254286263286306339n.a.

Corresponding figures of the quantity of sales are not available because of the different types of garments involved but

(iii) Estimated import penetration in terms of quantity for woven fabrics was:

Per cent.

1973

1974

1975

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

Cotton cloth595161576851534450
Man-made fibre and mixture cloth403941404938433940
Woollen and worsted cloth9118799998
Total woven cloth474249455642443843

Corresponding figures of import penetration in terms of value are not available.

(iv) Estimated import penetration in terms of value for made-up clothing was:

Per cent.

1973

1974

1975

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

Q.2

Q.3

Q.4

Q.1

1516181821191815n.a.

It is not possible to estimate the proportion in terms of quantity because of the different types of garments involved.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is estimated to be the under-usage of capacity in the non-knitted sector of the textile industry.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 19th May 1975; Vol. 892, c. 249], gave the following information:There are no official statistics of the under utilisation of capacity in the non-knitted sector of the textile industry and the made up clothing industry. In February industry estimates of under utilisation of capacity were:

  • Cotton and man made fibre weaving—at least 15 per cent.
  • Woollen and worsted spinning and weaving—25 per cent.
  • Made up clothing—10·20 per cent.