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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) Blackberrys and (c) laptop computers have been issued to staff of her Department in each of the last five years; and how many of these were issued to (i) new staff and (ii) existing staff following (A) loss or (B) theft of a previous device. (290409)

The information is not available in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information that is available is provided in the following tables.

Numbers issued

Devices

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Mobile telephones

n/a

2,583

4,810

Blackberry devices

n/a

363

536

Laptop computers

18,224

16,818

18,848

n/a = Not available.

1 Number of active laptop computers in issue at 31 March 2009.

The Department’s records do not differentiate between items issued to new or existing staff, nor whether items were replaced as a result of loss, theft or other reasons. These details could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The number of Blackberry devices which were replaced for any reason during 2007 and 2008 is as follows:

Number of devices replaced

2007

22

2008

11