asked the Minister of Technology what assistance he is giving to the machine tool industry.
Progress is being made on the various lines of action set out in my statement to the House on 14th June. I have already approved a proposal by the N.R.D.C. to support the development of a numerically-controlled lathe. A first list has been drawn up of machine tools and associated equipment for which it is proposed to place orders for preproduction models. Other ways of stimulating the use of numerically-controlled machine tools are under active consideration.