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8 July 1998

High-tech improvements to the electronic red box - used to carry
computerised ministerial 'homework' - could soon consign the traditional version to the annals of the Civil Service history.

Public Service Minister Dr David Clark will unveil the upgraded version on the electronic red box on Thursday 9 July.

The prototype 'Mark II' box supersedes the original electronic model launched earlier this year. It boasts several improvements, being smaller and lighter, accessible by a smartcard and PIN number, and featuring links to other systems. It builds on the high security features of the former design.

Used for Cabinet papers and communications with the rest of Government, it is one of the Better Government initiatives ushering in the age of 24-hour, paper-free government. This smaller laptop box will be piloted by Dr Clark and could be ready for use by other Ministers by the end of the year.

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/crew to watch Dr Clark demonstrate the updated electronic red box on Thursday 9 July a t10.40 for 10.45 at the Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall, London, SW1.

Please call Frances Keane or Holly Kirk at The Weber Group Europe on 0171 240 6189.

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