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Travelling People: Computers

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many laptops have been issued to Travellers under the E-LAMP scheme since its inception; and at what cost to the public purse. (294966)

Since the inception of the E-Learning and Mobility Project in 2003 856 laptops have been loaned to mobile Gypsy and Traveller children at a cost of £481,600. The laptops are owned by the participating local authority's Traveller Education Support Service. The service will recover and reallocate the laptops when pupils leave the area or end their statutory education.