§ 24. Mr. J. H. Osborn
asked the Minister of Technology if he will commission an independent study to report on the degree of effective computer utilisation in the United Kingdom and publish the evidence and conclusions such a study will reveal.
§ Mr. Marsh
My right hon. Friend recognises the importance of computer installations being effectively utilised and he is already taking steps through the Computer Advisory Service and otherwise to promote this. But he considers 225 that a study on the lines suggested is neither necessary nor practicable.
§ Mr. Osborn
While thanking the Parliamentary Secretary for that Answer, may I ask him if he is aware that the Mackenzie and other studies have shown that, due to managerial problems, there has been an ineffective use of computers in America? Since we cannot afford that sort of wastage in this country, would it not be wise to anticipate that problem before it arises?
§ Mr. Marsh
We entirely accept the importance of looking at this matter and dealing with it. My only quarrel, if there be one, with the hon. Gentleman is on whether this type of inquiry is possible or necessary for this job. A great deal can be done in this sphere and a great deal is being done now.