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Departments: Computers

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night. (136092)

Like all central Government Departments, the Ministry of Defence is focusing on meeting the targets on sustainable operations on the Government Estate (SOGE), including reducing carbon emissions; improving energy efficiency; and specifying minimum standards for energy efficient computers and monitors.

Since June 2006 in MOD main building users have been instructed to shut down their workstations at the end of work, rather than logging off, and a facility has been added to workstations which allows them to be powered up remotely, out-of-hours, for software upgrades, if required. These procedures are being extended across all MOD sites as hardware and software improvements are implemented.