House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2015 to Question 227498, to which budget the mobile charges for hon. Members' iPads fall; what plans the Commission has to offer hon. Members a platform other than iOS; and what provision PICT is making for hon. Members who do not wish to use iPads.

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

Following the election, each Member will be offered an iPad to facilitate use of online services provided by Parliament. These iPads, and the associated mobile data costs, will be funded from the Administration Estimate.

Members will also be able to order IT equipment from an online catalogue, financed from the Members Estimate. The catalogue will include a range of laptops, desktops, tablets, printers and peripherals to equip their offices. Parliamentary ICT (PICT) intends to offer devices in this catalogue that run the following operating systems, subject to security assurance and testing: Windows, iOS, OS X Yosemite and Android.

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