HC Deb 26 November 1974 vol 882 cc126-7W
Mr. Lamont

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what instructions he has issued which give him a rôle in the allocation of orders for computer systems placed by nationalised industries.

Mr. Benn

Nationalised industries have been asked to take account of the Government's support for International Computers Ltd. and to follow a similar policy to that of central Government when purchasing large computer systems. Because my Department has the of promoting the British computer industry, I expect it to be consulted in such cases, particularly when computer purchase by a nationalised industry forms part of a project which requires investment approval by the appropriate Minister.

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