The contract preference arrangements which applied to firms in development districts have now been extended to the development areas introduced by the Development Areas Order, 1966.
Would the right hon. Gentleman confirm that all telephone exchange equipment is still bought from a small ring of manufacturers? Are there any manufacturers in the development areas which could accept these orders if they were accepted into the ring?
I think that the only Japanese equipment, so far as I recollect —I have had no notice of this—is a small component in something which we buy from a British firm.