§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will tabulate in the Official Report all sums expended by public funds in support of information technology for the years 1978–79, 1979–80, and 1980–81 and his estimate for the years 1981–82 and 1982–83, together with the titles of the relevant schemes or heads of expenditure.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker:
Department of Industry support for information technology is as follows:
£ million (to nearest whole figure) 1978–79Out Turn 1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83Allocation Microelectronics 2 7 15 17 23 Fibre optics - - - - 2 Engineering IT - - - - 16 IT 6 6 11 15 40 Space 34 37 44 59 54 Total 42 50 70 91 135
For a list of the individual schemes covered under these headings I refer the hon. Member to the reply to a similar question from my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Mr. Beaumont-Dark) on 14 June. The figures for 1982–83 now also include and allocation for the micros in primary schools scheme, which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 16 July.