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Pitcom founders laid down firm foundations

Computer Weekly Staff

Pitcom, the Parliamentary Industry IT Committee, has taken a double hit with the loss of two of its former chairmen.

Founder chairman Ian Lloyd and his successor Michael Marshall both died late last month.

Lloyd played a leading role in formulating the Conservative party's IT policy. He was the driving force in setting up Pitcom in 1981 as a means of getting parliamentarians to appreciate the significance of emerging technologies - a role that the body still plays today.

Lloyd was parliament's leading proponent of IT in the 1970s and 1980s, and was the main force in setting up the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He was the chairman of Pitcom between 1981 and 1987.

Marshall, who was a Pitcom founder vice-chairman, took over from Lloyd as chairman in 1987 and held the position until 1997.

As chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee, Marshall also championed the European Ariane space rocket programme and the development of satellite television.

The legacy of both men is an increasingly influential Pitcom, which is having a demonstrable impact on IT awareness - and even some consensus on IT issues - in parliament.





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