Video Conferencing Units

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th January 2005.

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Photo of Ms Sue Doughty Ms Sue Doughty Shadow Minister (the Environment), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The information is as follows:

(a) Defra has 43 video conferencing units installed and this covers approximately 30 per cent. of core Defra sites.

(b) Information on agencies is as follows:

RPA has seven units covering 100 per cent. OF RPA sites

VLA has 16 units covering 100 per cent. of VLA sites

CEFAS has four units covering 100 per cent. of CEFAS sites

CSL has one unit at its only site

VMD has one unit at its only site

PSD is located in one building and uses Defra facilities within the same complex

Defra is actively promoting the use of videoconferencing across the Department and additional units will be installed as demand increases.

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