HC Deb 19 February 1965 vol 706 cc296-7W
Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the President of the Board of Trade what estimate he has made of the contribution made to the present strength of the Japanese shipbuilding industry by modern machine tools imported from the United States of America and Western Europe, and of the imports of such tools into Japan from the United Kingdom in the last five years.

Mr. Mason

I have made no such estimate. When in Japan I did not investigate the origin of the machine tools used in the Japanese shipbuilding industry but I saw no evidence to suggest that the machine tools used were better or more modern than those used in the British industry.

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