§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
asked the Minister of Technology what university projects his Department is assisting for computer-aided fast retrieval of legal information.
§ Mr. Benn
My Ministry is not supporting university work specifically for the retrieval of legal information by computer. Information retrieval is, however, an aspect of a contract recently placed with the University of Edinburgh to develop, in conjunction with the manufacturer, a multi-access system for the English Electric-Leo-Marconi 4/75 computer.
The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), with whom we are in close touch, has awarded a grant to Oxford University for a programme of work entitled "Testing the use of Mechanical Seaching of the Complete Text of Legal Reports to facilitate the Retrieval of Relevant Reports."