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Industrial Democracy

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, as part of his policy of achieving greater industrial democracy, as outlined in the Industry Bill, he will take steps designed to ensure a similar degree of participation by management in the affairs of trades unions.

No. I do not accept the analogy implied by the Question. However, it is open to managers to join the appropriate trade unions and participate

UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON SUPPORT FOR THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY (excluding assistance for regional industrial development)
£ million
1969–701970–711971–721972–711973–741974–75 estimated
International Computers (Holdings) Ltd.4·003·252·2511·95*9·4510·20
Advanced Computer Technology Project0·430·630·450·670·610·40
Software Products Scheme0·030·060·15
Applications programmes and software development1·450·780·45
Civil Service Department expenditure on development0·090·110·200·200·53
Other extra-mural contracts0·440·360·230·170·140·17
Computer Aided Design Centre0·450·490·420·670·971·32
National Computing Centre0·600·640·600·771·061·15
Science Research Council0·700·860·91Not availableNot available
Note: These figures do not include computer-related research and development expenditure in Government research establishments which is not separately identifiable.
* Including purchase of shares: under the Industrial Expansion Act 1968 the Government paid £350,000 in 1968–69 and £3,150,000 in 1972–73 for the purchase of 3·5 million £1 shares in International Computers (Holdings) Ltd. On 26th February 1975 these £1 shares were quoted at 38p.