HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 c696
48. Mr. Stokes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dictaphones are now in use throughout Government offices; and whether he is advocating an intensification of their use so as to reduce time wasted by shorthand typists in Government offices and increase the number available for production industries.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

There are 1,036 dictating machines in Government departments and their use is being progressively developed.

Mr. Stokes

Whilst encouraged by the numbers, which are at least double what they were when I last asked this Question in 1939, may I ask my right hon. Friend to state what the policy of the Government is? Is he aware that the use of these machines increases the over-all efficiency of the individual by at least 100 per cent., though they may not increase the departmental efficiency quite so much?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I think we all agree with what my hon. Friend has said, otherwise we should not instal them.

Mr. Oliver Stanley

Does the right hon. Gentleman himself use one and thus increase his efficiency by 100 per cent.?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell the House how many of these machines are in use in Government Departments in Scotland?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

No, Sir; I am sorry, I should need notice of that question, but if the hon. and gallant Gentleman is interested I will find out and write to him. privately.

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