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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department are provided with a BlackBerry device. (289585)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in (a) the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism, (b) the Identity and Passport Service and (c) his Department have been issued with a BlackBerry device. (289586)

There are currently 457 secure BlackBerry devices issued to civil servants in the Home Office. Of these, 31 secure devices have been issued to staff in the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism. The Identity and Passport Service does not supply BlackBerry devices to its staff.