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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many laptop computers have been issued to staff of his Department in each of the last five years; and how many of these were issued to (i) new staff and (ii) existing staff following the (A) loss or (B) theft of a previous device. (290549)

The numbers of laptops issued to Department for International Development (DFID) staff in each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial year

Laptops issued

Issued to existing staff after loss

Issued to existing staff after theft

2004-05

1,272

0

6

2005-06

524

0

6

2006-07

259

0

3

2007-08

1,391

0

8

2008-09

241

3

0

The increased number in 2007-08 corresponded with a laptop refresh project. DFID does not differentiate between new and existing staff when issuing laptops.