Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Computers on 6th May 1986.
Mr. Meacher Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidelines Her Majesty's Government is issuing on inter-
Mr. Major There are no current plans to issue guidelines on inter-
The new computerisation plans involving the two Departments include the provision of terminals and visual display units in local unemployment benefit offices, providing staff there with a direct link to these two mainframe computers -
This system also provides access to the DHSS general index for the purpose of tracing national insurance numbers necessary in the processing of an unemployment benefit claim. This facility will be retained when the general index is absorbed into the new departmental central index which is to be developed from 1988.