asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much of the £1,791,000 estimated increase in capital cost for the proposed House of Commons Library indexing system is attributable to a requirement to provide for compatibility with any future system such as text retrieval.
The five factors tending to increase the costs of the House of Commons Library computer indexing system since the 1976 estimates are identified in paragraph 12 of the background paper submitted by the Librarian and the Computer Development Officer to the Computer Sub-Committee of the Services Committee and published in the minutes of evidence taken by that Sub-Committee on 12 July 1979 (HC 427—i, p. 5). These include:
b) is of course a significant element of the costs. But its effect should be to facilitate future new developments and hence mitigate their cost.
asked the right hon. Member for Middlesbrough (Mr. Bottomley), as representing the House of Commons Commission, when approval was given to increase the scope of the proposed House of Commons Library computer indexing system to provide for expansion into a text retrieval system.
Financial approval for the revised scheme was given by the Commission on 24 July 1979.