§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Minister of Technology what is the estimated value of public sector purchasing of medical electronics and teaching aids for the current year.
§ Mr. Benn
The estimated expenditure by the Health Departments, the hospital service and the Defence Departments on electro-medical equipment, including X-ray apparatus, for the year 1966–67 is £3,518,000. This excludes an unknown amount spent by hospitals on direct purchase of electro-medical equipment other than X-ray equipment.
The information on public sector purchases of teaching aids is not readily available as a substantial proportion is bought independently by regional authorities.