HC Deb 05 February 1968 vol 758 c3W
56. Mr. Edelman

asked the Minister of Technology whether he is aware of the low state of the order books of many machine tool manufacturers and the consequential short-time working; and what action he is taking to make sure that the skills of the workers in this industry are fully employed.

Mr. Benn

Apart from general measures to encourage investment, special help to the machine tool industry is being provided through my Department's pre-production order and risk-sharing stock-building schemes, and through the Clearing Banks buyer credit scheme for machine tools. I should add that exports reached record levels last year.