HC Deb 23 June 1972 vol 839 cc185-6W
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.

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.

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