HC Deb 01 February 1929 vol 224 c1281W

asked the Postmaster General the number of typewriters and mechanical adding machines in use in his department; and the number of these machines, respectively, that are of foreign manufacture?


The number of typewriters in use in my department is 1,777, of which 1,745 are of foreign manufacture. The number of mechanical adding machines in use is 585, of which 530 are of foreign manufacture, the remainder being made from foreign parts assembled in this country. The reasons for the large preponderance of foreign typewriters were explained by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in his reply of 22nd February, 1926, to the Hon. and Gallant Member for Basingstoke (Sir A. Holbrook). There is no mechanical adding machine of wholly British manufacture on the market.

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