Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Sinn Féin 3:15 pm, 12th March 2013

Go raibh maith agat, a Phríomh-LeasCheann Comhairle.  I Mí na Samhna 2012, cheap an Oifig IS soláthraí nua le seirbhísí idirlín banda leathan a sholáthar d’oifigí toghlaigh Comhaltaí Tionóil. Le linn na tréimhse suiteála ón 3 Nollaig go dtí an 20 Nollaig 2012, aistríodh 62 líne banda leathan ó oifigí toghlaigh go dtí an soláthraí nua. 

In November 2012, the Information Service (IS) Office appointed a new supplier to deliver broadband internet services to MLA constituency offices.  During the installation period, from 3 to 20 December 2012, 62 constituency office broadband lines were transferred to the new supplier, with the majority of offices able to avail themselves of improved internet connection speeds.  One MLA office in Carrickfergus still remains to be upgraded due to outstanding works at the premises. 

Due to the age of the printers and the high levels of faults being reported, a printer replacement programme was brought forward by the Assembly Commission in 2012.  As a result, the IS Office has recently completed the replacement of printers in MLA constituency offices.  During the installation period, from 9 January to 7 February 2013, 107 new multifunction printers were successfully delivered and installed in constituency office premises. 

The Assembly Commission plans to replace the laptop computers supplied to Members in the coming financial year, 2013-14.  The IS Office will consider the scope and type of devices offered in the light of feedback from MLAs on the forthcoming roll-out of tablet computers.

Rinne an an Oifig IS uasghrádú ar bhogearraí Fuinneoga agus Oifige Microsoft a bhí ag reáchtáil ar ríomhairí toghlaigh sa bhliain 2011, agus dar leo go bhfuil na ríomhairí deisce agus na monatóirí scáileáin réidh ar fónamh go fóill. 

The IS Office upgraded the Microsoft Windows and Office software running on constituency computers in 2011, and it considers that the current desktop PCs and flat-screen monitors are still fit for purpose.  Consequently, the Assembly Commission does not plan to replace constituency desktop PC equipment until 2014.