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Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry how much money has been spent by his Department in each of the past three years on investigating the likely impact of silicon-chip microelectronics on manufacturing industry; and what resources he is currently applying to this field.

In recent years the likely impact of silicon chip microelectronics on manufacturing industry has increasingly featured both in studies directly carried out by my Department and in other programmes of work in which it has participated. However, these activities form part of the Department's on-going programme and are not separately identified in the expenditure records.