§ 19. Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Technology what progress is being made, in particular with France, Germany, Italy and Holland, in the development of a co-ordinated European computer industry.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Technology (Dr. Jeremy Bray)
This is essentially a matter for the firms in the respective countries which have been carrying on discussions with a view to making mutually beneficial collaborative arrangements.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
In view of the importance to Europe and to this country 1314 of a strong and developing computer industry, is it possible for the hon. Gentleman to approach the Treasury and the other countries with a view to arranging a fiscal advantage over a fixed period of time to get the industry going?
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in considering this problem we have to recognise the fact, however much it may be deplored, that many European computer firms are largely American controlled and owned? If we are to make sense of collaboration between the United Kingdom and Europe, we have to take America into account as well.