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British Parliament spends £17,000 on iPads for politicians

by Doug Drinkwater

December 16 2011

British MPs will be able to get their hands on the first and second generation iPads
British MPs will be able to get their hands on the first and second generation iPads

The House of Commons Commission has revealed that it has purchased17 iPads for use within the house, with the Parliamentary Information Communication and Technology (PICT) division testing out an additional 17 iPads.

Liberal Democrat MP John Thurso said that MPs were allowed to use between a 3G-connected iPad 1 or 2, and confirmed that the total cost came to £17,019.59 (approximately $26,450).

“They are being used to explore how mobile computing might be used to support the work of Parliament, and what cost savings or environmental benefits might be gained,” said Thurso, who added that a similar project in underway among members of the Administration Committee.

Back in October, TabTimes revealed that British MPs passed a motion to allow the use of tablets, and with that, Twitter, in the House of Commons.

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