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Textile Industry

Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish details of output and employment in man-made fibres and in natural wool textile fibres for each quarter of 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Belgium and West Germany.

PRODUCTION OF MAN-MADE FIBRES*
Thousand tones
1976197719781979 January-September
United Kingdom632·9568·4619·6552·9‡
Benelux§211·4205·1207·8
France333·5323·5320·6
Germany(Federal Republic)909·6844·3879·3
Italy515·1484·0†489·6†
* Excludes glass fibre, olefin monofil heavy denier and film fibres including protein fibres.
† Includes Polyproypylene filament.
‡ Not fully comparable with earlier years.
§ Separate figures for Belgium are not readily available.
Sources:
1976–78: C.I.R.F.S. (International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres Committee).
1979: United Kingdom Man-Made Fibres Producers' Committee. Other countries not readily available.
Quarterly figures on a comparable basis are not readily available.
EMPLOYMENT IN THE MAN-MADE FIBRE PRODUCING INDUSTRY* (OPERATIVES AND ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL DEPARTMENTS)
197619771978
United Kingdom34,100†32,980†29,630‡
Benelux‡║13,55012,43011,470
France‡18,40016,55014,900
Germany (Federal Republic)§40,20036,00031,900
Italy‡38,30033,67032,500
* Excludes glass fibres and olefins.
†Mid year.
‡End year.
§Monthly averages.
║Figures for Belgium are not readily available.
Source: C.I.R.F.S. (International Rayon and Synthetic Fibres committee). Comparable figures for 1979 have not yet been published.
Details of output in natural wool textile fibres for all the countries listed are available only for wool and hair tops
Thousand tonnes
United KingdomBelgiumFranceGerman Federal RepublicItaly
Years:
197656·519·593·141·157·1
197752·317·585·332·748·9
197848·716·874·031·747·2
Quarters:
1976—
First quarter13·84·724·110·314·6
Second quarter14·55·124·310·214·6
Third quarter13·54·619·210·212·4
Fourth quarter14·75·025·510·415·5
1977—
First quarter15·35·525·88·915·9
Second quarter13·95·423·97·814·5
Third quarter11·13·115·87·99·4
Fourth quarter12·03·519·98·19·1
1978—
First quarter13·64·621·38·311·0
Second quarter12·84·521·68·212·3
Third quarter10·83·612·97·610·7
Fourth quarter11·54·118·27·613·2
1979—
First quarter11·94·620·08·315·0
Second quarter11·85·121·17·914·1
Source: Wool Quarterly published by the Commonwealth Secretariat in conjunction with the International Wool Study Group and the International Wool Textile Organisation.
Employment figures for natural wool textile fibres are not available.

The available information for man-made fibres is as follows:(including carded sliver). They are as follows: