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Typewriters

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry (1) how many typewriter manufacturers are at present producing machines in the United Kingdom;(2) how many typewriter manufacturers producing machines in the United Kingdom are wholly British-owned, partially British-owned, and wholly foreign-owned, respectively.

Including the Imperial Typewriter Co. Ltd. there are three manufacturers of typewriters in this country. All are wholly-owned subsidiaries of groups controlled from overseas.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many typewriters were sold in the United Kingdom for each of the years 1966 to 1974; and how many of these were home-produced.

Following is the information:

'000
Total typewriters sold in United Kingdom*Of which, United Kingdom manufacture
1966335102
1967345103
196837196
196945484
1970541106
197136668
1972402137
1973471118
1974 (first 3 quarters)31368
* Sales to the United Kingdom market are estimates based on total deliveries by United Kingdom manufacturers less exports plus imports.