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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) BlackBerrys and (c) laptop computers were 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 (A) loss and (B) theft of the previous device. (290246)

Departmental mobile telephones, BlackBerrys and laptops are provided through service contracts with external suppliers. They are usually allocated from a central pool and returned to the pool for re-allocation when no longer required.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) was established in May 2007. Numbers of BlackBerry, laptop and mobile telephone users for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are given as follows:

Number

2007-08

BlackBerry users

510

Laptop users

1,511

Mobile Phone Users

961

2008-09

BlackBerry users

878

Laptop users

1,997

Mobile phone users

863

Figures for BlackBerry and laptop users are taken from the Department’s central records which cover MOJ headquarters and main business areas, including Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) and the Tribunals Service. The figures for mobile phone users are for MOJ headquarters only. Larger business areas, including HMCS and the Tribunals Service, manage mobile telephone provision locally and these figures could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In addition, numbers for the National Offender Management Service, taken from their central records are as follows:

Average laptop volumes

Average BlackBerry volumes

Average mobile telephone volumes

2005

2,789

0

3,741

2006

2,447

0

4,156

2007

2,094

0

4,484

2008

2,740

393

4,775

It would require an extensive data gathering exercise to identify the further detailed information requested. This could be provided only at disproportionate cost.