§ Mr. Currie
asked the Minister of Defence what use will be made of computers in setting up the new Ministry of Defence; and what proposals he has for placing orders for such computers with the British computer industry.
§ Mr. Thorneycroft
As my hon. Friend knows, the Service Departments already make quite extensive use of computers and other data-processing machines. I shall certainly wish to consider, after the unified Ministry of Defence comes into existence on 1st April, the whole question of using computers for defence purposes. But it is too early yet to ask me for specific proposals.