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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in his Department; how many there were in his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (286169)

As part of the Department’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and comply with the Greening Government ICT strategy published in July 2008, a programme is underway across the MOJ headquarters to replace photocopiers and printers with multi-functional devices, which optimise the green benefits for printing and photocopying services.

The following information has been obtained from central records covering MOJ headquarters, Her Majesty’s Courts Service, Tribunals Service and Office of the Public Guardian:

April 2008

193 document scanners

373 barcode scanners

April 2009

202 document scanners

378 barcode scanners.

For the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), information is as follows:

April 2007

2,309 fax machines; 476 scanners;

April 2008

2,404 fax machines; 447 scanners;

April 20091

439 scanners.

1 Fax machines purchased in April 2009 have been removed from the contract and the figure is therefore unavailable. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The other detailed information requested is not collected centrally and could only be obtained through a separate data gathering exercise which would incur disproportionate costs.