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Departmental Electronic Equipment

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many plasma screen televisions the Law Officers' Departments have purchased since 2001; and what the cost has been of purchasing and installing such screens in each such year. (306073)

The Attorney-Generals' Office have purchased two plasma screen televisions at a total cost of £3,549.20 since 2001.

In 2007 the Serious Fraud Office purchased four plasma screen televisions for its Elm House headquarters. The total cost was £9,239.70 (Plus VAT). The total cost for installation cabling and mounting of the plasma screens are estimated to be around £6,639.36 (plus VAT).

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office has purchased one plasma screen television since 2001 at a cost of £1,755, which includes purchase and installation.

The Treasury Solicitor's Department has purchased the following plasma television screens since 2001, of them, five are for use in In-House Training and not for receiving television signals.

Plasma Televisions


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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has purchased nine plasma screen televisions during the period in question at a total cost of £15,738.02 including installation CPS central records only hold items that cost over the capitalisation threshold of £500 and it is possible that plasma television screen(s) have been purchased by CPS Area(s) at a lower cost. To obtain this information would require local managers to review all paper procurement records and would incur disproportionate cost.