HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 c305
1. Mr. Skeffington

asked the Minister of Health to what extent medical X-ray apparatus built in this country is dependent on the U.S. for deep therapy tubes and valves; and whether steps are being taken to increase capacity for their manufacture in the United Kingdom.

The Minister of Health (Mr. Aneurin Bevan)

Production of deep therapy tubes and valves is being developed by manufacturers but for the present we are almost entirely dependent upon imports.

Mr. Skeffington

Is the Minister aware that this dependence upon foreign countries for deep therapy tubes is a serious matter and a weakness for our own industry; and is he prepared to consider whether some form of loan might be given to enable more intensive research work to be carried out?

Mr. Bevan

I do not know that loans will help the position at all. This is highly technical and skilled work and is being developed. I have met some of the manufacturers.