HC Deb 17 May 1968 vol 764 c292W
Dr. John Dunwoody

asked the Minister of Technology if he will take steps to set up a Government-owned concern in a development area with high unemployment to produce the entire range of hearing-aid batteries.

Dr. Bray

While recent events have indicated that there is scope for greater competition in at least some sectors of this field, manufacture by Government may not be the most effective way of achieving it. It is open to manufacturers to apply to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade for assistance under the local employment Acts towards the establishment of manufacture in a development area.