Tom Watson (Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator; West Bromwich East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education
(1) what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) network provider was of each mobile telephone device he has been officially issued with in chronological order since May 2010;
(2) how many (a) telephone calls and (b) text messages he received to mobile telephone devices officially issued to him in each month since May 2010;
(3) how many emails he received to his official government email address in each month since May 2010.
Tim Loughton (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)
The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend Michael Gove has been issued with one mobile telephone device by the Department for Education since May 2010. This is a standard DfE BlackBerry, 8310 model and is operating over the Vodafone mobile network.
The Department does not hold information about how many telephone calls, text messages or emails the Secretary of State has received in an official capacity since May 2010.