HC Deb 19 December 1975 vol 902 cc799-800W
Mr. Gordon Wilson

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what has been the total expenditure on the procurement of equipment for computer centres in Scotland, England and Wales during the last five years; and what proportions of that expenditure have been spent in each area.

Mr. Charles R. Morris

Expenditure on the procurement of computer equipment for central government in the four years 1971–72 to 1974–75, plus estimated expenditure in 1975–76, and reckoning hired equipment at its equivalent capital value, totals approximately £163 million. It would not be possible to provide a geographical breakdown of expenditure in the earlier part of the period without disproportionate expense, but some information can be provided for expenditure after 1st April 1974, and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it has been extracted.