Computer Equipment

President of the Council written question – answered on 10th December 2001.

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Photo of Mr Peter Duncan Mr Peter Duncan Conservative, Galloway and Upper Nithsdale

To ask the President of the Council, what has been the average time taken to (a) deliver and (b) install standard computer equipment to hon. Members' offices in (i) the House of Commons and (ii) constituency offices; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robin Cook Robin Cook Lord Privy Seal

holding answer 4 December 2001

On average hon. Members who ordered computer equipment after 15 October had their machines delivered to Westminster within 20 days and installed within 24 days.

In the constituency, the times were 24 days and 28 days respectively. As I explained in response to a question from my hon. Friend Andrew Mackinlay on 25 October 2001, Hansard, column 323W, delays were mainly caused by the complexity of the distribution exercise, which by the end of the financial year will have involved delivering over 6,000 items to over 1,300 locations. In addition, some hon. Members have asked for a delay in installation for their convenience.

I am delighted to report that delays are now largely eradicated. Hon. Members can now expect to receive their equipment, complete with parliamentary software, as quickly as they would from a major high street retailer. Members who order this week can have both delivery and installation within 15 days if they wish.

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