The nucleus mills in the cotton-spinning industry have for some months been unable to work to full capacity, owing to shortage of labour. Although there has been some improvement in production since the introduction of overtime at the end of January, there is still a great need for operatives. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply and I are in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour as to the further steps which should be taken to bring production up to the required level.
I could not give those details without notice, but I understand that permission has been given to re-open two mills since 6th January. If my hon. Friend will put down a Question I will give further particulars.