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Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what percentage increase is expected in the application of microprocessors in industry; and how this compares with each year since 1970.

A regular run of figures since 1970 is not available. A study commissioned in 1977 estimated a 5 per cent. uptake of microelectronics in the United Kingdom; on the other hand a recent survey commissioned by the Department of Industry indicated a figure of something under 20 per cent. The bases for these two figures are not, however, strictly comparable.