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Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of word processing hardware and software in each year since 1984; and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) word processing hardware and (b) word processing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the financial years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

For reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of individual contracts cannot be given. However, total annual expenditure for financial years 1984 to 1987, and companies to which contracts have been awarded have been:

Total expenditure
£
Financial year 1984–85249,037
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
City Information Systems
Financial year 1985–86262,101
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
AT Computer World

Total expenditure

£

Wordnet International
Ol Computers

Financial year 1986–87

261,267
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Nexel
West End Business Machines
Ryman
ICL
Ol Computers
Santiki Ltd.
Estimated expenditure 1987–88118,500
Estimated expenditure 1988–8950,600

The figures include expenditure by both the diplomatic and aid wings of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and by overseas posts. For the latter, there is no central record of companies to which contracts have been awarded.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list those companies that his Department has awarded contracts for the supply of desktop publishing hardware and software in each year since 1984;and what was the value of each contract;(2) how much his Department has spent on

(a) desktop publishing hardware and (h) desktop publishing software in each year since 1984; and what is the projected expenditure for the finanical years 1987–88 and 1988–89.

The diplomatic wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office placed one contract through Her Majesty's Stationery Office in 1986, at an approximate cost of £29,000. This was the price for the complete integrated system. £380 was spent on hardware update in 1987, and £12,000 to £13,000 is likely to be spent on the expansion and updating of this system in 1988.