HC Deb 01 May 1947 vol 436 cc2161-2
47. Mr. John Foster

asked the Lord President of the Council, whether, in view of the intricate calculations involved in modern planning and the difficulties of evaluating all the relevant factors, any giant electronic calculating machines are being constructed for use in Great Britain similar to the Mark I operating at Harvard University in the U.S.A. or the Mark II which is under construction for the U.S. Navy.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

The two machines referred to are, in fact, not electronic, but are operated by relays, and no similar calculator is contemplated for this coun- try. An electronic calculator, which will operate at one thousand times the speed of these machines, is being planned now at the National Physical Laboratory. When completed, its services will be available to Government Departments, research establishments and industry for calculations to which it may suitably be applied.

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