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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) photocopiers, (b) scanning devices and (c) fax machines, excluding multi-function devices, there are in (i) her Department and (ii) the Prime Minister’s Office; how many there were in each Office in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. (286167)

The Cabinet Office, including the Prime Minister’s Office, has used the following number of photocopiers and scanners in past three years:



May 2009



May 2008



May 2007



Fax machines are procured by individual management units, and we do not keep records of their numbers centrally. There would be a disproportionate cost involved in collecting the data.

Since 2003, my Department has had a policy of installing multi-user MFDs as the main devices for printing, scanning and photocopying. On 17 July 2008, the Cabinet Office launched the Greening Government ICT Strategy. Its aim is to reduce the environmental impact of the computer systems employed by all Government bodies. One important target is to reduce the overall number of printers, photocopiers and scanners used by an organisation and replace them with multi-function devices (MFDs) where security issues allow.