§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what date his Department sought and received advice on computer systems for detective work on specific serious incidents of crime.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Home Office scientists, in consultation with the police, have been studying since 1974 the feasibility of developing computerised facilities to assist in dealing with incidents of this kind. Experiments to try out such facilities are now being mounted in a police force. Throughout this project account has been taken of developments in computer technology and advice sought from external sources as appropriate.