HC Deb 26 June 1958 vol 590 c588
22. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use is made of electronic computers and similar devices to economise in the use of manpower in the public service.

Mr. Simon

Consideration is given to the use of computers and similar equipment in the Civil Service wherever economies of money and staff would thereby be achieved. At present four Government offices have been equipped with computers and orders have been placed for equipment for a further four. Studies of the possible use of computers in five more offices have almost been completed.

Sir I. Fraser

Are not the Government Departments a little behindhand in using these modern devices?

Mr. Simon

No, Sir. I think that the record of Government Departments in this respect compares quite reasonably with that of private industry.