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House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on computers, how many of the laptops and desktop computers returned to PICT in the 2010 refresh programme were sold to (a) hon. Members, (b) agencies, companies or other individuals and (c) as scrap; and how much revenue was raised in each of these categories.

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

Disposal of obsolete ICT equipment arising from the 2010 refresh programme for hon. Members was undertaken by two third-party suppliers, one covering constituency offices and another covering the estate. In both cases, after destruction of data to specified and certified standards, the choice between resale or destruction was a commercial one taken by the suppliers.

No equipment was sold to hon. Members. Nearly 2,760 laptops and desktops were sold to third parties or destroyed by the suppliers during the relevant period. Revenue amounting to £70,122 was received as a result. This figure includes revenue from the disposal of some printers from the estate which cannot be separately identified. Comparable figures are not available separately for sales to third parties and destruction.

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