Well, thanks for your reply, Penguin (Linux?)
I've been anguishing over this matter for some days, now.
It's not a GENUINE part!...It appears to be a totally different style to the original and doesn't appear to shroud the switch.
But that apart, I have grave concerns that it won't be as durable as the original, genuine item.
the original has done over 50 years and i'd hoped to fit replacement which will last as long.
I've read a lot about some of these cheap inferior knockoff copies (though I'm not saying this is one of that kind) and i'd hate to get ripped off.
I don't use the Hoover too often, nowadays,but it ran fine last time I tried it , about 5 years ago....maybe I should just retire it to the status of "cupboard queen" ?
old enough for wisdom, young enough to be compos mentis.