§ Mr. Woodall
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide information on the current uses of computers within his Department and plans for their further introduction and extension.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
My Department makes extensive and constantly developing use of computers and microprocessors for administrative, statistical, operational and research purposes. A comprehensive list is not readily available.
The two main centres of administrative computing in the Department are at Eastcote, near London, and BSO, Newport, but, in addition, there is considerable equipment at the main research establishments of the Department at the National Physical laboratory, the National Engineering laboratory, Warren Springs laboratory and the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.