HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 cc203-4W
111. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Supply of the total machinery produced in Great Britain during the years 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949 to date, how much in numbers and value, respectively, were produced in England and Scotland, respectively; and, in particular, how much machinery, and what kinds, were produced in Tullos factory, Aberdeen, during those periods.

Mr. J. Jones

Precise information about the production of machinery for these years is not available by numbers, but an estimate of value can be given. For this purpose machinery is defined as including all the complete new machinery and equipment, and parts sold separately, contained in Group III G of the Trade and Navigation Accounts, together with machinery fitted in ships, and does not, therefore, cover all engineering products. On this basis the value is estimated roughly at £400 million, £550 million and £700 million for 1946, 1947 and 1948, respectively. About seven-eighths was produced in England and Wales and one-eighth in Scotland. It would be contrary to the practice of Government Departments to give details of production at a particular factory.