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Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish a list of the companies in the computer industry he has invited to discuss with him and the NEB possible mergers; what is his policy towards mergers between computer companies; and what are the views of the Sector Working Party on the Computer Industry on this subject.

My right hon. Friend has received suggestions from the Sector Working Party on Computers about steps to strengthen the United Kingdom computer industry. As a result, commercially confidential discussions have been initiated, involving my Department, the NEB and companies concerned.