The main problem in this field is the output of cotton yarn, and, as I informed my hon. Friend the Member for East Willesden (Mr. Hammersley) on Tuesday last, steps are being taken, subject to the urgent needs of war production, to increase the labour force in the spinning section of the cotton industry.
My hon. Friend has asked this question several times, and I have had to tell him that one of the difficulties is that cotton employment is very unattractive, because conditions in the engineering industry, into which many cotton operatives have moved, are much more agreeable both in wages and amenities. In spite of this fact, the Ministers who are primarily concerned in this matter are trying to get cotton labour back into the spinning section.