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Departmental Computers

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use and (b) the cost of leaving computer devices on overnight when not in use in each year since establishment; and if he will make a statement. (217870)

DIUS is a new department which has been in existence for just over one year. All DIUS staff are issued with laptops which are turned off and stored securely when not in use; there are circa 950 such laptops across the DIUS estate.

The Department also has 50 modern energy saving desktops, primarily used by those individuals who, for a variety of reasons, cannot use their laptop on a particular day. Staff are advised to switch these off when not in use and by default these devices enter an energy saving mode when unattended.

The cost of devices left on overnight has not been calculated.