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Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what changes he plans in the present system of use of his Department's computer services by other Government Departments.

I have at present no plan to change the existing system whereby the Chessington computer centre provides a payroll and central personnel information service, and the Central Computer Agency computer centre a bureau service for a number of Departments. These services are reviewed as necessary from time to time and a review is currently under way of the central PRISM system of personnel management information provided at Chessington. I cannot at this stage anticipate its outcome.


asked the Minister for the Civil Service what capital investment has been committed to the CAPITAL and CAMELOT computer systems by the Central Computer Agency.

The Central Computer Agency has committed no capital expenditure on the purchase of computers for either project. The CAPITAL project, which is still at the pilot stage, is being run on a computer bureau owned by a commercial organisation. The computers for the pilot phase of the CAMELOT project are being hired; the decision to buy equipment will not be taken until the pilot phase has been completed and evaluated.