Oral Answers to Questions — Cotton Enabling Bill.

– in the House of Commons on 21st February 1939.

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Photo of Mr Stuart Russell Mr Stuart Russell , Darwen

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give an undertaking that the Cotton Enabling Bill will be introduced before the House adjourns for the Easter Recess; and whether, owing to the urgent necessity of speed, every reasonable priority will be given in the Parliamentary time-table to enable this Measure to reach the Statute Book with the minimum of delay?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Edgbaston

As my hon. Friend is aware, a ballot of the producing firms in the industry is now in progress on the question of introducing a Bill in Parliament. Until the results of the ballot have been considered, I can only assure my hon. Friend that the Government are fully alive to the importance of this matter and that there will be no avoidable delay in dealing with it.