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Computer Equipment

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) USB (i) flash drives and (ii) memory sticks, (b) compact discs, (c) DVD-ROM discs, (d) laptop computers, (e) external computers hard drives, (f) internal computer hard drives and (g) desktop computers were purchased for use in his Department in each month since March 2005. (88761)

The number purchased by DFID centrally in the UK for this period are as follows:

(a) USB memory devices

(b) Compact discs

(c) DVD-ROM discs

(d) Laptop computers

(e) External hard drives

(f) Internal hard drives

(g) Desktop computers

2005

March

47

550

100

43

109

25

6

April

44

52

11

1,900

May

24

575

100

4

June

51

250

80

155

1

15

July

67

290

130

2

42

August

37

80

145

6

81

September

55

50

5

October

54

100

3

5

2

November

34

180

2

52

December

43

450

53

50

2006

January

82

300

55

4

55

February

23

51

3

67

March

23

150

61

86

20

April

25

30

May

19

50

June

47

300

100

2

49

Total

675

3,275

510

622

145

609

1,926

DFID’s records do not distinguish between different types of USB memory devices, so the totals of such devices are shown in column (a).

The period reported on includes a planned technology refresh programme for all desktop computers and a proportion of laptop computers in DFID. This programme enabled DFID to obtain a highly competitive price for a bulk purchase of desktop computers in April 2005, which is reflected in the figures.

Desktop and laptop computers are purchased centrally in the UK for all DFID offices worldwide. Some smaller electronic devices and consumables are purchased locally overseas. These local purchases are not included in the figures in the table as records are not held centrally, and could not be included without incurring a disproportionate cost.