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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) Blackberrys and (ii) mobile phones for (A) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department in each year since 2005. (266328)

The information requested is as follows:

(i) The Department has deployed Blackberry services to staff since 2006 through the Office of Government Commerce’s mobile telecommunication services contract. From the records available the cost of purchasing the Blackberry hardware each year since 2006 has been:

£

Ministers

Special advisers

Other staff

2006

16,800

2007

1,120

1,120

68,880

2008

280

280

8,400

2009

280

27,695

The 2009 figure includes the costs of recent hardware upgrades.

The operating costs for BERR’s Blackberry service is only held from 2008 and includes costs for Ministers and special advisors:

Other staff (£)

2006

n/a

2007

n/a

2008

132,128

2009

154,902

n/a = Not available.

(b) The Department uses the Office of Government Commerce’s mobile telecommunication services contract to provide official mobile telephones to staff. No cost information is available on the provision of mobile hardware. No detailed information is available on the cost of the services that have been deployed to Ministers and their special advisors. During this period all Ministers and special advisors have had access to mobile telephones from a central pool of handsets operated by the ministerial support office. The only information available is the total cost of the mobile telephones services operated by the ministerial support office and for those services provided to other BERR staff for each year since 2008.

£

Mobile telephone costs for ministerial support office

Total cost of staff mobiles provided

2008

23,541

218,317

2009

24,541

192,868