Short title and extent.— (1) This Act may be called the Cotton Industry (Statistics) Act,1926.
Delivery of monthly returns of goods and yarn manufactured by mill owners.— (1) The owner of every mill shall each month prepare and deliver, or cause to be prepared and delivered, to the prescribed officer a return of all cotton goods manufactured and all cotton yarn spun in the mill during the preceding month by machinery moved otherwise than by manual labour, and shall subscribe a declaration of the truth of the return at the foot thereof.
Power to inspect mills and take copies of records.— (1) Any officer authorised by the 4[Provincial Government] by order in writing in this behalf shall have free access at all reasonable times during working hours to any mill and may at any time, with or without notice to the owner, examine and take copies of, or extracts from the records of the mill for the purpose of testing the accuracy of any return made under section 3, or of informing himself as to any particulars regarding which information is required for the purposes of this Act or any rules made thereunder:
Publication of returns.— The 6[Provincial Government] shall, from the returns delivered under section 3, cause to be compiled and published, in such form as 7[it] may direct, statements showing for each month the total quantities of goods manufactured and of yarn spun in mills in 8[the Province].
Power to make rules.— (1) The 9[Provincial Government] may, by notification in the 10[official Gazette], make rules11 consistent with this Act to carry out the purposes thereof.
(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) the form of any return required under this Act, the particulars to be contained therein, and the manner in which the return shall be verified;
(b) the nature of the records to be maintained by the owners of mills;
(c) the powers and duties, in regard to the inspection of mills under this Act, of the officers authorised to make such inspections; and
(d) any other matter which may be or is to be prescribed.


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