Electronic Equipment: House of Commons

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 15th December 2011.

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Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart Conservative, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many iPads have been purchased for use by House of Commons staff; and what the cost of such purchases was in 2011.

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

Since 1 January 2011, 17 iPads have been purchased for use by staff of the House of Commons and 17 iPads have been purchased for the use of PICT staff. They are being used to explore how mobile computing might be used to support the work of Parliament, and what cost savings or environmental benefits might be gained. A similar pilot is taking place with hon. Members on the Administration Committee.

The iPads were models iPad 1 and 2 with 3G and wi-fi connection. The total cost of the devices was £17,019.59.

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