India (Coal-mining Machinery)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th November 1974.

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Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody , Crewe 12:00 am, 25th November 1974

Does my right hon. Friend accept that if she instituted talks with the Department of Trade she would discover that India has a means of earning hard currency in this country which would deal with the pensioner problems which would arise and would also be a means of buying machinery for this industry in India? Is she aware that £270,000 worth of Indian films are imported into this country every year and that India could use that money to finance the purchase of the machinery?