HC Deb 20 May 1994 vol 243 cc599-600W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) how many(a) portable telephones, (b) pagers and electronic bleepers and (c) car telephones are currently used by his Department; what are the annual costs of operating this equipment; and to which personnel it is made available;

(2) what was the cost of calls made on (a) car and (b) portable telephones in 1993–94; how much this equipment cost to buy or hire; and what were the maintenance costs.

Mr. Sproat

The Department of National Heritage currently has 17 portable telephones, nine pagers and two car phones in use. The cost of operating the above equipment in 1993–94 was £9,200 which included £2,000 pager line rental, £4,900 mobile/car phone line rental and £2,300 call charges. The total equipment cost in 1993–94 amounted to £800; there were no maintenance costs. The equipment is made available to Ministers, and officials where there is a requirement for mobile communications outside the office.