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Mobile Phones

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phones have been used and at what cost by (a) himself and Ministers in his Department, (b) special advisers in his Department and (c) his departmental officials in each year since 1997. [98575]

Since the creation of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on 29 May 2002, the number of mobile phones used by Ministers, special advisers and departmental officials and their costs are set out in the following table.

Number of mobile phonesCost (£)
Special advisers1617
Departmental officials1Records not held1Records not held
1Records on mobile phones are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost—the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is currently in the process of compiling a comprehensive list following the Machinery of Government changes.