Oral Answers to Questions — Machine Tools

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Boardman Mr Thomas Boardman , Leicester South West 12:00 am, 27th April 1970

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Question did not relate only to metal-working machine tools? Is it not a fact that fewer than 40 per cent. of all machine tools in this country are less than 10 years old, compared with more than 50 per cent. in Germany, and 64 per cent. in Japan? Does not that show that the Government's policy towards industry is putting us at a grave disadvantage in world markets?