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Departmental Mobile Phones

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 his Department in each year since 2005. (268238)

Information is not available in the form requested. Details on the cost of BlackBerrys and mobile phones used by staff, Ministers and special advisers are not recorded separately. The total cost of BlackBerrys and mobile phones, including the cost of equipment, call charges and line rental, are set out in the following table.

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

BlackBerrys

Total cost

0

3,679.12

2,073.78

Mobile phones

Total cost

5,004.41

3,460.19

3,983.52

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) BlackBerrys and (b) other mobile telephones have been provided to (i) Ministers, (ii) special advisers and (iii) civil servants in his Department in each year since 2005. (268284)

Details of the number of BlackBerrys and mobile phones provided to Ministers, special advisers and staff in the Scotland Office are provided in the following table.

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Staff mobile phones

19

18

18

16

Staff BlackBerrys

0

3

4

12

Ministerial mobile phones

3

3

2

2

Ministerial BlackBerrys

0

0

0

1

Special adviser mobile phones

1

1

1

1

Special adviser BlackBerrys

0

2

2

2