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Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proportion of ambulances at present on order by the new regional health authorities has been placed with (a) United Kingdom manufacturers and (b) foreign manufacturers, including the Republic of Ireland; what are the numbers involved in each case; and how these figures compare with the previous year.

Since 1st April 1974 the responsibility for purchasing ambulances has been with regional health authorities, and before that date with local authorities. In neither case is the information asked for kept centrally or could be made readily available.