asked the Minister for the Civil Service if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to ensure that Government Departments purchase computers made by British manufacturers wherever possible; and what is defined as a British manufacturer in this context.
There has been no change in Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the purchase of computers for Government Departments. This was fully set out by my predecessor on 27 July 1977.—[Vol. 936, c. 227.] Neither in acquiring large computers by single tender from ICL nor in seeking to include a system manufactured in the United Kingdom among competitive tenders is it necessary to define a British manufacturer. This policy is under review in the light of the EEC and GATT rules which will apply from next year.