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House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Stephen Mosley Stephen Mosley Conservative, City of Chester

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to the merits of redistributing used IT equipment to charitable organisations.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee

This matter was last considered shortly before the 2005 general election. The House received advice that accounting regulations required the recovery of the residual value of publicly-funded assets when they were disposed of. For that reason the possibility of charitable donation was not pursued and the IT equipment was resold after having any data and software removed.

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