Departmental ICT

Women and Equality written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many staff have access to the Government Equality Office's IT infrastructure at their home.

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As befits its policy agenda, the Government Equalities Office is keen to ensure that its staff can adopt flexible working patterns, providing business needs are met. Some 90 staff work in the GEO and its Ministers' Private Offices. All staff are, in theory, able to work from home and any request to do so is subject to agreement with managers on a case-by-case basis and to the availability of a limited number of laptops. In practice, 25 staff have been taking occasional advantage of this opportunity, usually for a day at a time. Staff use encrypted laptops when working from home and typically access the IT infrastructure by a broadband connection. Six staff in GEO have Blackberries and can use these for e-mail when they are at home.

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