HC Deb 20 July 1960 vol 627 c472
16. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Postmaster-General if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the terms of the bulk purchase agreement for the purchase of telephone equipment from members of the consortium of suppliers of such equipment.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Reginald Bevins)

Yes, Sir. I am publishing a memorandum in the OFFICIAL REPORT summarising, the terms of the Post Office bulk purchase agreements.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

Is my right hon Friend aware that many people will be very glad about that, because it is thought that there should be more competition in this industry? For instance, is he aware that Pye Radio thinks that it can produce a telephone handset for 30s. cheaper than can be done by the rest of the industry? Is it not time for the winds of change to blow through these bulk purchase agreements?