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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many plasma television screens have been purchased by his Department, its predecessor and its agencies, and at what cost in the last 24 months. (191024)

The MOJ has purchased 397 plasma television screens in the last 24 months at a total cost of £516,478. This excludes HM Prisons and NOMS, who are unable to answer without attracting disproportionate costs. HM Courts Service bought the majority of the screens as part of the Videolinks Project, which allows vulnerable witnesses to take part in trials without actually being present. Videolinks also connects to a number of prisons, which saves money by allowing certain meetings and proceedings to occur which would otherwise require prisoner transport and accommodation.