§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what progress has been made recently by the committee on the application of computers in the construction industry; and what action is being taken to make its work of relevance to small and medium sized building firms.
§ Mr. Amery
Work is in progress in several areas, notably in applications for services engineers, bringing progress to the 231W attention of architects, and in the development of a proposal for a project file that will enable more effective applications throughout the construction industry.
With the co-operation of the National Federation of Building Trades Employers, the committee has held meetings with small and medium-sized builders to encourage them to use computers, particularly for payroll. It has also made a thorough study of cost control programmes, in order to stimulate the development of programmes more suited to their needs.