HC Deb 13 February 1996 vol 271 c536W
Mr. Miller

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list all cases where spare computer capacity has been sold to other Departments since 1987, giving the Department and value of each contract. [14077]

Mr. Lang

My Department has provided computer-related services to other Departments where they have represented best value for money for the Departments concerned. These arrangements are as follows: financial services for the Department of National Heritage, from 1993 to 1995, and to the Department of Energy, 1987 to 1992, of which computer support was one element. In addition, a number of other Departments and non-departmental public bodies continue to be provided with access to our specialist library systems. The latter services continue to be provided on a repayment basis at a current annual cost of £36,000.

Other users of my Department's computer systems, together with recoverable costs where figures are available, have included;

Year £
Central Statistical Office
1991–92 30,723
1992–93 27,244
1993–94 20,218
1994–95 10,070
National Audit Office
1991–92 17,896
1992–93 8,223
1993–94 1,775
Scottish Office
1991–92 13,910
1992–93 16,847
1993–94 8,037
1994–95 5,074