“Commons authorities are due to decide later whether all MPs should be issued with iPads or other tablet computers,” BBC News reports.
“The Commons Administration Committee has recommended a roll-out of the devices which it said would ultimately save the taxpayer money,” The Beeb reports. “Currently, every MP is provided with three desktop computers and two laptops for office use. But the committee said tablets could make it easier for MPs to do their work and save paper. The House of Commons Commission will consider the committee’s recommendation in a meeting on Monday evening.”
The Beeb reports, “According to the Daily Mail, a total of 70 MPs have so far bought Apple iPads on expenses. The newest iPad model costs around £400 so the total for providing one to all 650 MPs could run to £260,000, plus subscription costs for data – likely to be about £15 per month per device.”
“In February, the administration committee recommended a “rapid roll-out of suitable mobile tablet hardware” following a trial involving 16 of its members,” The Beeb reports. “It said a tablet should be given in addition to the five computers MPs are already entitled to, and while it noted that ‘other devices were in the market… the iPad was ahead of the field with regard to functionality.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]
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