HC Deb 18 February 1988 vol 127 cc713-4W
Mr. John Marshall

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster why, when his Department's Minstrel 1 computer system was replaced the manufacturers of Minstrel 4 were not invited to tender for its replacement.

Mr. Butcher

There was no simple replacement of the Department's Minstrel 1 computer system. Its correspondence management functions were subsumed within a wider networked system for all DTI Ministers designed to provide additional facilities, including engagements management, word processing and links into ICL-Mail (on which the Department's electronic mail service is based).

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