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Departments: ICT

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices her Department and its predecessors have bought for the use of departmental Ministers following each Cabinet reshuffle since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (156739)

After the 2005 election and up to the 2006 Cabinet reshuffle there were one laptop, seven mobile telephones and one PDA purchased for use by ODPM Ministers.

After the 2006 Cabinet reshuffle and up to the 2007 Cabinet reshuffle there were one laptop, one mobile phone and four PDAs purchased for use by Communities Ministers.

After the 2007 Cabinet reshuffle and to date there were one laptop, one mobile phone and one PDA purchased for use by Communities Ministers.

Providing figures for periods prior to the 2005 election would incur disproportionate costs.