British parliament members all set to receive tax payer funded iPads

Every British member of parliament is going to receive an iPad and the British tax payer is set to pick up the bill. The iPad roll-out is part of a major ICT upgrade and follows the completion of a successful iPad trial. The House of Commons administration committee has recommended that the iPad is given to all 650 MPs.

The idea is that by equipping MP’s with iPads or other tablets, it would reduce paperwork, save money, and would make MPs’ duties easier to perform. The scheme could cost the taxpayer between £260,000 to £429,000, with each device costing a minimum of £400 and a maximum of £660. At the moment, every MP already receives an allocation of three desktops and two laptops.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is already an avid iPad user and even has his own app to keep an eye on the country's affairs. He can gain easy access to the latest NHS waiting-list figures, crime statistics, unemployment numbers and a wide variety of other data at a glance. This latest scheme should help increase MP's productivity too as well as saving costs on printing.

Source: TechWeek Europe, Image: The Telegraph

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  • I hate living in the UK, especially with this idiot in power. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and George Osbourne need strapped to a table and given the lethal injection.
  • why not! it's free money as far as they're concerned. Spend it like there's an endless supply!
  • I wish I lived in the UK. I have a friend who could possibly be miss right. :-D. Anywho, pip pip, cheerio. :-)
  • Our city council is planning to do the same thing and for many of the same stated reasons. The savings from not printing thousands of pages a year is obvious, but I would be curious to see how many years each ipad would need to be kept in service until it paid for itself in savings.
  • david cameron is a freaking idiot, MPs will forget them on trains, drop them etc wasting money.
    what DC fails to realise is his overzealous austerity measures cuts and tax rises so quickly to pay off the deficit has ensured that nobody has any money any more and the economy is suffering as low sales are forcing long established retail operations to shut down.
    if this gets the go ahead then i will vote monster raving loony party next time round, they probably have more sense
  • Tablets are all about consuming data, I can reply to an email quicker on my phone than on my tablet, and I bet all those MPs have iPhones, Androids and Blackberry work phones, as well as personal devices. All these iPads are gonna be used for anything other than work.
    The PM might have his own personal app to help keep track of the country. I doubt other MPs will be using it that way.