I saw a deputation of Lancashire mayors last summer but the hon. Member may be referring to representations from the Rochdale and District Cotton Crisis Action Committee. I have replied fully to the Committee and I am sending the hon. Member a, copy of my letter.
I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman, but is he aware that the whole House will be anxious to know whether that letter contains any suggestions for doing anything for the cotton industry and whether the Government have any proposals for re-invigorating the industry, as Lancashire towns are asking about it? Perhaps we may have an answer to that.
Is not the President of the Board of Trade still underrating the volume of feeling about this in Lancashire? In view of the number of blows which the cotton industry has suffered lately, will the right hon. Gentleman, if he does nothing else, take new steps to bring new work and industry into these areas?