Customer demand from NCR’s local government customer base has motivated the UK subsidiary to produce a software package specifically for the processing and retrieval of council minutes. NCR Ltd reckons that the market for the Council Minutes package is huge, saying that the average district council meets about eight times a year and at each meeting the argumentative hot air generates around 150 sheets of A4 paper. After 10 years about 5,400,000 words will have been produced which, according to NCR’s calculations, is equivalent to seven Bibles. Each of the 386 district councils in the UK send out about 200 copies of the minutes and has to make them available to any member of the public that asks for them. The package is available on the Unix-based Tower series and is derived from a package called BRS Search from US-based BRS Inc. NCR claims that Council Minutes will retrieve any word in less than a second regardless of database size. The entry-level price for the system is UKP30,000 which includes a 2Mb Tower with 45Mb disk, tape, three terminals, a laser printer, Unix, the software package and five days of tailoring. The package was on show last week in Nottingham at Solace – an exhibition for local authorities. NCR adds that it is now looking to develop a package to help local authorities implement the new Community Charge.