§ Mr. Douglas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will itemise the total expenditure by his Department on information services on the following basis: in-house, UKCIS, INSPEC, BIOSIS, CAB COMPENDEX, British Library and others.
§ Sir George Young
I assume from the context of the question that the hon. Member is referring to expenditure on computerised information services.
During the last financial year, the Department's expenditure amounted to some 219W £1,200 for the use of the BIOSIS, COM-PENDEX and other data bases and about £6,000 for the British Library BLAISE services.
I regret I cannot give a more detailed breakdown of expenditure as the expense involved would be disproportionate.