HC Deb 07 December 1994 vol 251 cc243-4W
Mr. Harvey

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish a table showing the number of meetings held, the secretarial and advisory arrangements, the budgeted and actual expenditure and the subjects of any reports and submissions produced by the Information Technology Advisory Board in each of the last three years.

Mr. Robert G. Hughes

The Information Technology Advisory Board was a joint committee of the DTI and the Science and Engineering Research Council. It was disbanded in March 1994.

Financial Year 1991–92 £000 1992–93 £000 1993–94 £000
Number of meetings held 6 5 4
Budgeted Expenditure1 30,712 36,599 38,457
Actual Expenditure1 30,955 37,152 38,026
Secretariat arrangements shared equally between DTI and SERC at official level
1 Excludes postgraduate training and support costs which were operated centrally.

Advisory Arrangements: ITAB received external advice from joint SERC/DTI committees comprising of scientific and technical experts from academe and industry. The Committees drew on peer review referees and other expert advice when planning their programmes and assessing proposals for funding. In addition, membership of ITAB was designed to reflect different aspects of the technology chain.

Reports and Submissions:

Annual Reports—1991, 1992, 1993: a comprehensive summary of ITAB activities.

The Government Strategy for IT—1993: sets out the aims, objectives and remit of ITAB and its advisory Committees.

The Impact of IT—1994: published after ITAB was disbanded. Illustrates achievements and practical impact of the former joint programmes in an industrial and social context.

Submissions: annual contribution to the SERC PES submission.