HC Deb 04 December 1995 vol 268 c9
8. Mr. Simon Coombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress is being made in the development of CD-ROM technology in Wales.[1863]

Mr. Richards

As was evident at the recent multi-media conference in Cardiff, Wales has the potential to develop a very significant multi-media industry and I am sure that that will include CD-ROM technology.

Mr. Coombs

Is my hon. Friend aware that Nimbus Technology and Engineering, whose plant at Cwmbran the Secretary of State for Wales recently visited, is one of the leading developers of CD-ROM technology in Europe? To what extent does he believe that his office can help the development of CD-ROM technology by the sponsorship of CD-ROM in schools in Wales? Mr. Richards: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State takes a close interest in multi-media and was impressed by what he saw, particularly the new hologram technology that prevents the copying of CDs. My hon. Friend is right: the Department offered£3 million for all primary schools in Wales to be kitted out with multi-media equipment. I am pleased to say that there has been a 100 per cent. take-up.