§ Mr. Ashdown
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will publish their response to the report by the information technology advisory panel.
§ Mr. Batiste
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will make a statement on the report by the information technology advisory panel, "Making a Business of Information".
§ Mr. Butcher
Ministers have already welcomed the publication of the ITAP report as an important step forward in focusing on the new and potentially significant472W area of business activity based on the trading of information. A detailed response to the ITAP report, which will present the Government's own thinking in this area, is in the final stages of preparation and I hope it will be ready for publication in the next few weeks.