§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Industry in what ways his Department is sponsoring the development of computers for the disabled.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
As far as possible our intention is that the computers and other IT equipment used by the disabled should be those developed for more general use, 263W since this would enable benefits to be obtained from the lower prices associated with higher volume production. We recognise that adaptation of such standard equipment will frequently be required and my Department is collaborating with a number of other Departments, including the DHSS and DES, and with industry in identifying some of the modifications necessary. We hope to place some development contracts shortly.