§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for Trade what is the country of origin of any computer equipment installed at offices of his Department including that used to extract import surveillance licence data; what was the purchase cost of any such equipment; and what is the cost of operation on an annual basis, including the number and salaries of operating staff.
The only computer equipment installed in my Department is that used to extract import surveillance licence data, its country of origin being the USA. Its purchase cost was £10,096. There are three operators each of whom also carries out other duties, total time spent on the computer being the equivalent of one full time operator at a current annual salary of £2,913. Other running costs are not readily ascertainable.