Hoskyns Group Plc will shortly be signing a three-year contract worth in excess of UKP40m to take over management of the now defunct Greater London Council’s Central Computer Service, which has been in the hands of the London Residuary Body since the demise of the GLC in April 1986. The computer, which handles anything from teachers’ pensions to traffic lights and is also used by several of the London boroughs, is based around an IBM 3090-200. The contract, believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever signed in Europe, has provided Hoskyns with a long awaited entry into the local government market: other major competitors included Thorn EMI Datasolve. Hoskyns will continue to employ the 300 system operators, although plans are afoot to relocate them from County Hall in the near future. The minority in Hoskyns, 75%-owned by Martin-Marietta Corp, is traded on the London Sock Exchange.