HC Deb 17 November 1966 vol 736 c166W
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.