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Subject:

BECKETT OUTLINES WAY FORWARD TO THE INFORMATION AGE

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"Hanstock, Terry" <[log in to unmask]>

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Hanstock, Terry

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Fri, 17 Apr 1998 11:20:01 +0100

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DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY

P/98/294                                               16 April 1998

BECKETT OUTLINES WAY FORWARD TO THE INFORMATION AGE
 
A coherent strategy to help Britain take the lead in the information
age was published  today by Margaret Beckett, President of the Board
of Trade.
 
Mrs Beckett also announced a new Information Age Partnership bringing
together  leading chief executives from the information age
industries to work with Government  to exploit opportunities.
 
'Our Information Age' sets out the range of activity underway or
planned within  Government based on the goals of:
 
 harnessing the potential of IT to transform education;
 
  widening access to new technologies;
 
  promoting competition and competitiveness;
 
  fostering high quality new services;
 
  modernising Government.
 
Commenting Mrs Beckett said:
 
"The statement demonstrates the importance Government attaches to new
technologies across all aspects of national life.  It sets out a
coherent strategy to help  the UK exploit the opportunities and
become a world leader.  Our ability to meet these  challenges will be
a crucial factor in our competitiveness as a nation in the years
ahead.
 
"The Government has a key role but is only one among a number of
players.  It is  important that we foster a strong partnership
between the public and private sectors to  achieve the full
competitiveness benefits.
"The formation of the Information Age Partnership will help achieve
this by bringing  together leading chief executives from the
information age industries to focus on some  of the key issues, such
as electronic business, where industry and DTI, working  together,
can help accelerate developments."
 
The Information Age Partnership will complement the work of the
Information Age  Competitiveness Working Party set up under the
Competitiveness UK initiative in  November 1997 to help feed into the
Competitiveness White Paper to be published  later this year.
 
'Our Information Age' also sets out plans for the DTI-led programmes
IT for All and  the Information Society Initiative (ISI) Programme
for Business.  Continuing Mrs  Beckett said:
 
"I believe that these partnership programmes with the private sector
can make a real  difference.  Already, IT for All is providing some
2000 access sites across the country  where the public can get
first-hand experience of information and communications
technologies.
 
"I am determined to see that increase to over 4000 access sites, many
of them learning  centres where the public can develop basic IT
skills, by the end of this year.  This will  make a real contribution
to tackling the uncertainty that many ordinary people feel  when
faced with new technologies.
 
"Businesses also need objective advice and support, particularly
smaller firms.  The  Local Support Centres that DTI is establishing
under the ISI Programme for Business  can help these firms understand
the potential business benefits of new technologies and  the
competitiveness benefits they can bring.  There will be 80 centres
across the  country by the end of this year so that all businesses
can have easy access to these  important sources of help and advice.
This service will make a real contribution to  meeting our ambitious
target of seeing a doubling in the number of small and medium  sized
companies who are making effective use of new technologies by 2001."
 
Notes for editors
 
1.     The full text of the statement 'Our Information Age' is
available on the  Downing Street website,
http://www.number-10.gov.uk.  The text is available in hard  copy and
summary versions by phoning DTI Publications Order Line on 0870 150
2500.
 
2.     For more details on IT for All contact Philip Brady or
Philippa Haslegrave on  0171-631 3434.  The IT for All public
response line is 0800 456567.  For further  information on the ISI
Programme for Business contact their Publicity Centre on 0171- 828
1593.  The Infoline number for those interested in any of the ISI's
Programme for  Business activities or literature is 0345 15 2000.
 
3.     Members of the Information Age Partnership are:  Margaret
Beckett, President  of the Board of Trade; Barbara Roche, Minister
for Small Firms, Trade and Industry;  John Birt, Director General
BBC; Mark Booth, Chief Executive BSkyB; Sir Peter  Bonfield, Chief
Executive BT; Graham Wallace, Chief Executive Cable & Wireless
Communications; Nigel Walmsley, Chairman Carlton Communications plc;
Cliff  Stanford, Chief Executive Demon; EDS Ltd; Carl Symon, General
Manager UK IBM;  Keith Todd, Chief Executive ICL; Keith Chapple,
Managing Director Intel  Corporation (UK) Ltd; David Svendson,
Managing Director Microsoft Ltd; Dr Peter  Horne, President
Mitsubishi Electric; David Brown, Chairman Motorola Ltd; David  Ball,
President Nortel; Marjorie Scardino, Chief Executive Pearson Plc;
Andrew  Sadler-Smith, Chief Executive Novell; Philip Crawford, Senior
Vice President UK &  Ireland Oracle Corporation; Gail Rebuck,
Chairman & Chief Executive Random  House; Nigel Stapleton, Chairman
Reed Elsevier plc; Peter Job, Chief Executive  Reuters Ltd; Chris
Gent, Chief Executive Vodafone Group plc; Anthony Parish,  Director
General Federation of the Electronics Industry; Geoff Slyfield,
President of  the Computing Services & Software Association &
Managing Director of Tangent  International Ltd; Clive Bradley,
Confederation of Information & Communications  Industries; Bill
Macintyre, DTI Head of Communications Information Industries (CII)
Directorate; David Baxter, DTI CII Project Director for the
Information Society  Initiative; Mandy Mayer, DTI CII Deputy Director
for Industry Sponsorship.
 
 
ENDS
 
 


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