§ Mr. John Garrett
asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many companies are on the approved list of suppliers of microcomputers published by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency; how many of these companies are British; and what is her policy for encouraging the purchase of British microcomputers by public bodies.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency has standardised on nine microcomputers. Three of these are largely British made, and four others are marketed through British suppliers. Central Government Departments are encouraged to use these standard machines in administrative applications. Running contracts have been placed with the chosen companies, which provide discounted prices and improved technical and maintenance support. Policy for the purchase of microcomputers by public bodies outside central Government is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry.