§ Mr. Hamling
asked the Minister of State for Defence what was the total value of machine tools of foreign origin purchased by Royal Ordnance Factories and other Minister of Defence establishments in each of the last three years for which figures are available.186W
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
The total value of foreign machine tools purchased by the Ministry of Defence in each of the last three financial years is as follows:
£ 1969–70 … … … 446,000 1970–71 … … … 1,288,000 1971–72 … … … 566,000
The great majority of foreign purchases were tools for which there are no direct United Kingdom equivalents.