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Video Conferencing

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number. (16199)

Details are given in the following table.

It should also be noted that individual business units within Home Office Corporate Services may have purchased video-conferencing facilities out of their own budgets and there is no centrally held record of these.

Business area

Number of VC Units

Percentage of office coverage

Plans to increase

Corporate Services

8

25

None

IPS

9

100

None

CRB

2

50

None

IND

28

15

Financial provision and plans for seven additional units during 2006-07

NOMS

Prisons

54

39

Consideration is being given to expanding VC capacity across the NOMS estate. There are no firm figures and the final decision will be based on evidence of it offering financial savings and opportunity for improved performance

Probation

22

152

1 This percentage relates to coverage of Probation areas, not offices. Each Probation area has many offices.