HC Deb 07 December 1965 vol 722 cc224-5
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 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.

Dr. Bray

Would my hon. Friend assure the House that the training effort which is needed in all aspects of the computer industry is receiving the full support of his Department?

Mr. Marsh

The training effort in this and in all other spheres is receiving the full support of the Government and the Ministry of Technology in particular.