HC Deb 09 July 1969 vol 786 cc253-4W
42. Mr. Raymond Fletcher

asked the Minister of Technology whether he will institute a study of the cost structure and pricing policies of United States advanced technology firms operating in Great Britain to ascertain the extent to which they are making a contribution to the economy and the balance of payments.

Mr. Benn

As the House is already aware, my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade has instituted a thoroughgoing study of the effect of inward investment. The study which is expected to be completed later this year includes the effects on technology and on the balance of payments, and it would be premature to start further research before it is complete.