Departmental Mobile Phones

Constitutional Affairs written question – answered at on 9 December 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many departmental mobile telephones were used by Ministers, Special Advisers and officials in the Department in each year since 1997; at what cost; how many such telephones were lost or stolen in each year since 1997; and what the replacement costs were in each case.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs)

holding answer 6 December 2004

My department has provided the following number of mobile phones to (a) Ministers and Special Advisers and (b) officials in the Department since 1997:

(a) (b)
1997–98 n/a
1998–99 n/a
1999–2000 9 1486
2000–01 9 1346
2001–02 9 1497
2002–03 9 1780
2003–04 10 1971
2004- September 2004 10 2750

Figures from 1997 to March 1999 cannot be obtained without incurring disproportionate costs.

The "cost' of these mobile phones has been interpreted to mean, the cost of the equipment, the line rental and the call costs and is:

1997–98 n/a
1998–99 n/a
1999–2000 223,000.00
2000–01 202,000.00
2001–02 224,626.00
2002–03 266,969.00
2003–04 295,741.00
2004-September 2004 185,000.00

During the period 1999 to 2004, four phones have been reported lost and one phone reported stolen from the HQ Estate. The only cost to the Department has been for the replacement handsets and this equates to £250.00 in total. Due to the fact that on the wider Court Service and PGO estates, the phones are allocated to individual cost centres, it would incur a disproportionate cost to try obtain this information.

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