HC Deb 17 July 1972 vol 841 cc11-2
9. Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is now in a position to make a statement on the Government's policy towards the British computer industry.

Mr. Chataway

The Government will be replying soon to those recommendations of the Select Committee on Science and Technology to which there has as yet been no response.

Mr. Strang

Do the Government intend to provide direct support for British firms other than ICL, perhaps by way of development contracts? Have they ruled out the possibility of setting up a consumer research and development board to administer all Government support for the industry on the lines suggested by the Select Committee on Science and Technology? Will he undertake to make a statement on this matter before the Summer Recess?

Mr. Chataway

I can at least, in response to the third point, tell the hon. Member that I hope that I shall be able to make a statement before the Summer Recess and that included in it will be answers to his two previous Questions.