HC Deb 10 November 1980 vol 992 cc94-5W
Mr. Wheeler

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the cost and purpose of urban simulation games operated by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. King

I am informed that during the previous Administration my Depart- ment commissioned an urban simulation game called SPICE (simulation of policies for inner-city expenditure) at a cost of £8,562; and that its purpose was to help anticipate problems which might be thrown up by the new partnership arrangements for inner cities.