HC Deb 07 March 1968 vol 760 cc637-8
19. Mr. Urwin

asked the Postmaster-General how many telephones were manufactured in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967, respectively; and what will be the estimated number in 1968, 1969 and 1970; and what are the respective percentages for development areas, including specific figures for the Northern Region.

Mr. Joseph Slater

As the Answer is a table of figures, I am circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Urwin

I trust that, when the figures are circulated, they will prove to be helpful to the Northern Region. May I ask my hon. Friend if he is fully seized of the vital importance of concentrating as much of this work as possible within the development areas?

Mr. Slater

Yes, and I can assure my hon. Friend that the greater proportion of the manufacture of telephones takes place in the development areas. When he sees the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT, I am sure that he will be pleased with them.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Can the hon. Gentleman say what effect the fire at the Plessey factory in Yorkshire, causing £3 million damage, has had on the production of telephones?

Mr. Slater


Following is the information:

Year Quantity In all DAs In Northern Region
1964–65 1,775,000 19 12
1965–66 1,400,000 17 15
1966–67 1,825,000 49 16
1967–68 1,525,000 60 9
1968–69 1,250,000 82 21
A reliable estimate for 1969–70 is not yet available.

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