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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. (286173)

Responsibility for the purchase of photocopiers, scanning devices and fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, is devolved to individual budget holders worldwide. This information is not held centrally and the question could be answered only at disproportionate cost.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has taken an active role in the Greening Government ICT strategy by providing a detailed plan for the FCO. Part of this includes examining its print policy with a view to reducing the FCO’s overall printer count.