§ Mr. Jim Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps the Government are taking to use microelectronic technology—namely, Prestel—to provide mass training in microelectronics, in view of the acute shortage of microelectronic skills in industry.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The Department of Industry has given full support to the development of a programme to use Prestel for0020microelectronics training undertaken by Computer Analysts and Programmers. The programme is now reaching an advanced stage and the Department would welcome more active co-operation with major enterprises in both the public and private sectors who have critical needs for training in the new technology.