Members: ICT

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 28th March 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment has been made of the success of the roll-out of updated IT equipment for Members and their staff, to enable them to work as efficiently as possible in responding to, and resolving, constituents’ cases.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

The Commons Members Hardware Refresh project is upgrading all hardware loaned to Members returned at the 2017 General Election. Hardware will be upgraded to more up to date kit with Windows 10 deployed, which is faster and more secure. Combined with the rollout of digital tools such as Office 365, SharePoint and Skype for Business, this means easier collaboration on constituency matters and new ways of working between Westminster and constituency offices and staff.

Since November 2018, 725 orders for new kit have been processed and 438 deployments completed across Westminster and in constituencies. The project is on track to complete by the end of July 2019.

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