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Departmental Mobile Phones

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality 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 the Government Equalities Office in each year since its establishment. (268240)

The Government Equalities Office was established on 12 October 2007. Since then there have been no purchases of BlackBerrys or mobile phones for Ministers or special advisers. Details of purchases of BlackBerrys and mobile phones for civil servants and the associated bills are provided in the following tables:

£

Purchases

Bills

2007-08 (October to March)

BlackBerrys

1,434

10

Mobile Phones

504

1108

Total

1,938

108

2008-09

BlackBerrys

2,168

Mobile Phones

204

Total

2,372

24,030

1 Purchases of mobile handsets were made towards the end of the financial year therefore payment of bills did not commence until April/May 2008. Some bill payments were made to owners of existing mobile handsets.

2 All bills are grouped together on to one monthly invoice which makes it difficult to separate individual charges for BlackBerrys and mobiles.