Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments (Typewriters).

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1931.

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Mr. CHAMBERLAIN:

There are in the public service about 8,000 British-made typewriters, and about 17,000 foreign-made ones. It is, and has been for some years, the declared policy of the Stationery Office to purchase only British-made typewriters, excepting a small number of machines of special character for which no suitable British-made substitutes exist. The bulk of the foreign-made machines still in use were purchased during or immediately after the War, when satisfactory British alternatives were not available. They are gradually being replaced, but so long as they remain in service, spare parts are best obtained from the manufacturers, and may therefore be of foreign origin.