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Departmental Mobile Phones

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent on (a) the purchase of and (b) bills for (i) BlackBerrys and (ii) other mobile telephones for (A) Ministers, (B) special advisers and (C) civil servants in (1) his Department and (2) the Prime Minister's Office in each year since 2005. (268253)

Records covering the cost of purchase and billing for BlackBerrys and other mobile telephony are not held centrally and so the information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Our records do not differentiate between mobile devices supplied to Ministers, special advisers and civil servants.

The Prime Minister's Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.