The Parliamentary Information Technology Committee
) is a United Kingdom Parliament Associate Parliamentary Group
set up "to address the public policy issues generated by IT
and its application across the UK
economy, public and private".
It was formed in January 1981 by a merger of the All-Party IT Committee and the Parliamentary Computer Forum. Its constitution and term of reference have changed over time to fit the changing rules for registered All Party Froups (e.g. that all officers be members of the House of Commons or the House of Lords, that groups be reconstituted after a General Election etc.)
The objectives stated in the first edition of the PITCOM Journal (published 1982 - 1999) were:
1 To promote among Members of Parliament and their advisers, and infromed awareness of the potnetial and the limitations of the microelectronics, computing, communications and information handling technologies; their industrial, economic and social impact : and the actions necessary to maximise the industrial, economic and social advantages which these technologies make possible.
2) To analyse in consultation with industry, current and future problems in the field of information and computer technologies and to consult with suppliers, users and responsible organisations concerned and to arrange meetings, presentations, seminars and visits so as to promote continuity of analysis and policy in this field.
3) To provide a meeting place for informal, off-the-record exchanges... Read More