§ Mr. Wade
asked the Secretary of State for War what has been the annual current and capital expenditure from the financial year 1953–54 to date on the Royal Army Pay Corps' electronic computer; what has been the value of lands and buildings appropriated; and what 179W is the estimated annual cost of its operation.
§ Mr. Profumo
The total expenditure to bring the computer assisted pay accounting system into operation is estimated at £1,800,000, incurred since 1958.180W
The new building to house the computer at Worthy Down cost £225,900. The land it occupies is a very small part of an area taken over from the Admiralty. The annual running costs of the computer centre itself are estimated at approximately £350,000.