iPads for all MPs, House of Commons decides

Stat of the day: £400,000. The amount of money the House of Commons is to spend on giving all 650 MPs an iPad each.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

Provoking yet more ridicule for their ‘we’re all in this together’ mantra, MPs today find themselves eligible for brand new tablet computers costing around £400 each. Maths boffins will notice that this only totals £260,000, but it doesn’t include the ongoing monthly costs of keeping the devices connecting to 3G networks for Internet and email use. 

The rationale is that the Commons will eventually achieve savings through the scheme as MPs will be able to keep up to date with their parliamentary business whilst on the move. Stingier members will be a bit irked though: you can’t get your iPad without handing back an old laptop or computer in return. 

The Speaker John Bercow chairs the House of Commons Commission which approved the scheme this week, but then again, he has also approved rules to control how drunk MPs get, and training for bar staff to top up MPs champagne glasses less. We suspect a lot of MPs would rather have the booze than a tablet PC…

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