Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many requests have been made to his Department's IT department from (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers requesting information about the process of replacing their desktop computers in the last 12 months.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

holding answer 26 June 2012

No requests have been made to the Department's IT service desk from Ministers, officials or special advisers for information about the process of replacing their desktop computers. However the Department is moving to a “thin client” IT infrastructure which will require the replacement of desktop computers with devices that support the new IT system. As part of the roll-out of this system, security questions have been raised about destruction of data on the old PC hard drives.

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