§ Dr. Hampson
asked the Prime Minister (1) what her office has spent on (a) computer hardware and (b) computer software for each year since 1984; and what the projected expenditure is for 1987;
(2) to which firms her office has awarded contracts for computer hardware for each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract.
§ The Prime Minister
The annual expenditure on computer hardware and software is:
Purchases Financial year Hardware
1985–86 — — 11,381 11,381 1986–872 5,355 — 17,000 22,355 1987–883 50,000 10,000 17,000 77,000 1 It is not possible to split the maintenance costs between hardwareand software. 2 Provisional. 3 Estimate.
There are seven contracts currently in operation, only one of which has been awarded in the period. The contractors are CASU Electronics Ltd., The Imtec Group plc and ICL (UK) Ltd.53W
In order to preserve commercial confidentiality it would be inappropriate to provide the details of each contract.