HC Deb 25 April 1968 vol 763 c66W

56. Mr. asked the Postmaster-General what steps he has taken to ascertain the proportion of post office orders, with major plant suppliers, which is manufactured in the Northern Development Area; and how he proposes to secure the increase of that proportion.

Mr. Mason

Complete exchanges are ordered from the contractors, each consisting of many thousands of parts which are made in different factories, so I am sorry that it would not be practicable to break down the value of the contribution made in particular places. I estimate that 70 per cent. of exchange equipment is produced in factories in Development Areas. It would be wrong for me to urge preference for one Development Area over another.