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Departmental Mobile Phones

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) BlackBerrys were provided to (i) Ministers and (ii) special advisers in her Department in 2009; and at what cost to the public purse. (313176)

In 2009, six BlackBerrys were provided to Ministers, and five BlackBerrys were provided to special advisers. One mobile telephone is in use by a Minister. This covers the current ministerial team and special advisers and the ministerial team and special advisers prior to the reshuffle in June 2009.

The cost of these handsets cannot be provided as figures for the 2009-10 financial year will be available only when the Department’s resource accounts have been fully audited and laid before Parliament.