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Computers

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those companies that have been awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984 by (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board if Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise; and what was the value of contract.

Her Majesty's Treasury has not purchased any dedicated word processing hardware since 1984, other than a small number of portable text processors and associated printers from Thorn EMI. Total : value in :

£
1984–85
1985–8630,000
1986–8725,000
Word processing software has been purchased from Casu, Comart, IBM and International Software Ltd. Total value in:

£
1984–851,000
1985–86500
1986–871,000
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.The Board of Inland Revenue awarded contracts for word processing equipment to IBM(UK) Ltd (directly and via various dealers), and ICL, in the years mentioned. In year 1986–87 contracts were also awarded via HMSO to Amstrad and Olivetti. Total value in:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85214,00012,000
1985–86208,20013,500
1986–8789,20022,700
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.Her Majesty's Customs and Excise awarded contracts for word processing software and hardware as follows:

Companies (purchased via HMSO)Total Amount
£
1984–85
Olivetti, AES, Exxon, Rank Xerox.103,000
1985–86
Olivetti, AES, Rank Xerox, Ferranti, Facit, Silver Reed.165,620
1986–87
Olivetti, AES, Rank Xerox, Ferranti.262,500
Hardware and software were purchased together on one contract and it is impossible to show them separately.For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise have spent on (i) word processing hardware and (ii) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Treasury's spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85Nil1,000
1985–8630,000500
1986–8725,0001,000
The Treasury has no plans to purchase any dedicated word processors in 1987–88 and 1988–89.The Board of Inland Revenue's spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–85214,00012,000
1985–86208,20013,500
1986–8789,20022,700
Projected spend:
1987–88138,90024,500
1988–89200,00020,000
Her Majesty's Customs and Excise spend on word processing hardware and software is as follows:

£
1984–85103,000
1985–86165,620
1986–87262,500
Projected spend:
1987–88160,000
1988–89160,000
Hardware and software were purchased together on one contract and it is impossible to show them separately.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those companies that have been awarded contracts for the supply of desk top publishing equipment in each year since 1984 by (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, ( b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise; and what was the value of each contract.

Her Majesty's Treasury has placed contracts with Apple Computers (UK) Ltd., Gestetner Ltd., Compel, Action Data, Artificial Intelligence Ltd., Computerland, Jarrold Office Equipment and Rank Xerox for desk top publishing equipment in the years mentioned. Total value in:

£
1984–8520,900
1985–86220
1986–8754,880
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.The Board of Inland Revenue placed contracts with ICL, Norsk Data, Scandata, Linotron and Apple for desk top publishing equipment in the years mentioned. Total value in:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–8521,0004,000
1985–861265,800
1986–8713,3001,000
1Including software.
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.Her Majesty's Customs and Excise placed contracts with Gestetner via HMSO. Total value in:

£
1984–850
1985–860
1986–871742,400
1Including software.
For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) Her Majesty's Treasury, (b) the Board of Inland Revenue and (c) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise have spent on (i) desk top publishing hardware and (ii) desk top publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Treasury spent the following on desk top publishing hardware and software:

£
1984–8520,900
1985–86220
1986–8754,880
The Treasury has no firm plans to purchase any desk top publishing equipment in 1987–88and 1988–89.The Board of Inland Revenue spent the following on desk top publishing hardware and software:

HardwareSoftware
££
1984–8521,0004,000
1985–861265,000
1986–8713,3001,000
Projected spend:
1987–88197,10018,600
1988–891450,000
1Including software
A study is currently taking place which may have an effect on the totals shown in 1987–88 and 1988–89.

Her Majesty's Customs and Excise spent the following on desk top hardware and software:

£

1984–850
1985–860
1986–87

142,400

Projected spend:

1987–88

150,000

1988–89

150,000

1Including software