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Computers (Paymaster-General's Office)

Volume 901: debated on Thursday 20 March 1975

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asked the Pay-master-General when, and at what expense, he expects his office to install new computers.

Registered Disabled People
Year (April)Number registeredNumber unemployedPercentage unemployedNational unemployment rate for all workers
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)
1970634,33672,11611·42·6
1971620,69180,17212·63·3
1972610,10791,06314·94·1
1973597,30577,36013·03·0
1974574,64063,37511·02·8

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will give, for each of the last five years (i) the number of firms with over 20 workers, (ii) the number and percentage of such firms not fulfilling the 3 per cent. quota of disabled workers, (iii) the number of firms issued with per-

Year (May)Number of firms with 20 or more workersNumber of firms in column (2) which did not fulfil their 3 per cent. quotaColumn (3) expressed as a percentage of column (2)Number of firms below quota issued with permits in the preceding 12 monthsNumber of firms below quota for which no permits had been issued in the preceding 12 months
(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)
197063,56436,39657·322,15014,246
197162,53736,38258·221,53414,848
197260,17934,79457·825,8758,919
197357,86833,77958·425,5548,225
197455,21333,10660·023,03010,076

The Paymaster-General's office computer system is due for phased replacement between 1977 and 1979. Total hardware costs will amount to some £3 million at 1975 prices; approximately half this cost is attributable to banking.