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Information Technology

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide an estimate of the size of the United Kingdom market for microchips for each year from 1979 to 1984 indicating in each case what proportion of the market was met by domestic production.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 March 1985, c. 23): The size of the United Kingdom market for and production of integrated circuits over thelast six years is estimated to have been:

£ million
United Kingdom MarketUnited Kingdom Production

The market for these products is characterised by a high level of international trade, and United Kingdom manufacturers export strongly. The proportion of the United Kingdom market met from United Kingdom production is around 25 per cent.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list in the Official Report all the Government financed schemes to aid the whole information technology industry since 1979–80, giving the amount spent in each scheme for each year from 1979–80 until 1984–85.

[pursuant to his reply, 11 March 1985, c. 23]: The amounts spent by the Department of Trade and Industry within its support for innovation programme on schemes which aid the information technology industry over the six financial years from 1979–80 to 1984–85 (to date) are as follows:

SFI Scheme
£ million
Software Products Scheme0·71·01·51·83·69·0
General SFI to IT5·010·313·231·741·131·0
IT in Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design, Manufacture and Test (CADMAT)1·20·91·4
Computer Aided Design Test Equipment (CADTES)0·46·910·1
Small Engineering Firm Investment Scheme (SEFIS)10·916·925·5
Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture (CADCAM)/Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT)0·21·22·12·5
Robotic Installations0·22·34·5
Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS)0·83·0
Feasibility and Planning Studies on Robotics, FMS + AMT0·11·13·1
IT in Microelectronics
Microelectronics Industry Support (MIS)0·91·65·06·311·210·5
Microelectronics Application Project (MAP)4·48·99·610·413·913·7
Automation Instrumentation Control3·94·72·64·08·512·6
IT in Fibreoptics
Fibreoptics and Optoelectronics Scheme (FOS)0·21·45·75·7
Alvey Dirctorate: Advanced IT1·74·0
Public Purchasing
Micros in Schools1·21·80·4
Micros in Primary Schools1·55·52·5
Peripherals in Schools0·91·1
Initial Teacher Trainers College1·1
Information Technology Education Centres (ITECs)0·91·54·24·9
Office Automation2·02·10·7
* Expenditure to Date.