§ Mr. Cousins
I believe that the unit has an expanding rôle. As I outlined in my speech in the recent debate, it is likely to grow. The extent to which it grows is dependent upon the rate at which we are able to recruit people, but certainly there will be growth.
§ Dr. Bray
Is my right hon. Friend aware that this extension of the interests of the Computer Advisory Unit to cover those of the local authorities and the nationalised industries should have been made 10 years ago? Is he aware that a further extension might now be required to enable the Conservative Party to elect its new leader?
§ Mr. Speaker
Order. I do not think that the Minister even of Technology can assume Ministerial responsibility for answering that. The first part was a matter of opinion, so the Minister cannot answer that either.
§ Mr. Marples
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider giving more information about the number of cases that the unit has considered and which are currently under review? The difficulty faced by the House, as the right hon. Gentleman 204 realises, is how to measure all the efforts and information that the unit has to offer?
§ Mr. Cousins
There have been a considerable number of cases, but there is a later Question on the subject and I hope to draw the House's attention to it then.
§ 9. Mr. Murray
asked the Minister of Technology when the Computer Advisory Unit will be making its report to him; and whether he will make a statement.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Richard Marsh)
The computer advisory service reports to my right hon. Friend continuously on technical aspects of computer policy and on proposals in the public sector to acquire computers as they arise.