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Television Sets

Volume 932: debated on Thursday 19 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the current manufacturing capacity in the United Kingdom for (a) colour television sets and (b) monochrome sets.

I regret that the informaton is not available. The highest annual sales by United Kingdom manufacturers of colour television sets were 2,125,000 in 1973, and it is not thought that current manufacturing capacity is less than at that time. Because of the progressive change in demand from monochrome to colour, a similar deduction in respect of black and white sets would not be meaningful.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what sales of (a) colour television sets and (b) monochrome sets have taken place during each of the last three years; and what is his estimate of such sales during the current year.

Sales of television sets by United Kingdom manufacturers are published in Business Monitor PQ 365.2.

The figures for the last three years are as follows:

Colour

Monochrome

19741,947,000669,000
19751,586,000538,000
19761,544,000*560,000*

* provisional

I am not able to give an estimate of the level of sales in the current year.