§ 29. Mr. Clapham
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the programme to introduce IT for the three armed services. 
§ Mr. Spellar
There are comprehensive programmes for the introduction of Information Technology into Armed Services. The Joint Command Systems Initiative is being developed to provide a tri-Service framework for future80W Command, Control and Intelligence systems which are interoperable with those of our Allies. In addition, each of the Armed Services has an approved strategy for the introduction of Information Technology. These strategies are designed to ensure that Information Technology contributes to the effective conduct of Joint and single-Service operations and improved efficiency. This is achieved by the adoption of common management and technical standards, designed to improve interoperability between the equipment of the three Services and our Allies. Moreover, a comprehensive range of training in Information Technology has been developed to meet the requirements of the three Services.