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.
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:
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.