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House of Lords: IT

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Liberal Democrat

To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will make netbooks available as an alternative to laptops for Members.

Photo of Lord Brabazon of Tara Lord Brabazon of Tara Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords), Chair, Procedure Committee (Lords), Chair, Refreshment Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence, Chairman of Committees, House of Lords, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

There are no plans to provide Members with netbooks. Past assessments of these products have shown that they cannot run the House security software. The Information Committee plays an advisory role in matters such as this and members of that committee are currently conducting a trial of tablet computers. As part of this trial, the committee will assess whether such devices may assist Members in their parliamentary work, having regard to their compatibility with the parliamentary network, information security guidelines and cost. The committee will evaluate the results of the trial at the end of the year.

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