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Departmental Video Conferencing

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will set a target to increase the use of video-conferencing by her Department to reduce the need to travel to meetings. (195891)

Communities and Local Government's travel policy stipulates that business must be settled by telephone or video-conferencing before staff consider travelling. The Department's Sustainable Operations Policy also requires staff to consider the most sustainable option for conducting business, and to use the tele- or video-conferencing systems provided wherever practical instead of travelling. We will be concentrating on increasing the usage of the existing systems in the coming year as a key approach to meeting the Department's new air travel reduction target.