HC Deb 19 June 2002 vol 387 cc435-6W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many computers were replaced in his Department in each of the past three years; how the replaced units were disposed of and by which companies; and at what cost. [60758]

Mr. Lammy

In the last three financial years the Department has replaced the following numbers of personal computers:

  • 700 personal computers in 1999–2000.
  • 1,543 personal computers in 2000–01.
  • 654 personal computers in 2001–02.

Figures for individual offices are not available for financial year 1999–2000. For the following two financial years, figures for the Department's regional offices are as follows:

Number of PCs


2000–01 site
South East and London regional offices 190
Eastern regional office 64
North West regional office 106
Northern and Yorkshire regional office 138
South West regional office 94
Trent regional office 80
West Midlands regional office 62
2001–02 regional office
South East and London regional offices 67
Eastern regional office 18
North West regional office 7
Northern and Yorkshire regional office 11
South West regional office 20
Trent regional office 29
West Midlands regional office 21


These figures exclude any replacement of equipment not funded from central departmental budgets.


The Department normally disposes of personal computers to commercial companies who formally bid for, refurbish and resell the equipment, or break it down for spare parts. Successful companies have included OCM Business Systems Ltd., Metro Systems Ltd., and Computer Disposal and Recycling Ltd. The Department obtains a small income from this process.

Whenever practicable and bearing in mind the condition of the equipment, the Department also gives a small number of redundant personal computers to schools and charitable organisations.

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