Feeds

MPs' IT support costs £1.122m

Those expense claims don't type themselves up you know

The Power of One Infographic

If you've ever wondering how much it costs to show MPs and their staff how to use their computers, the answer is in - £1.22m.

The figure came in a Commons answer yesterday. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown had asked what the cost of IT support for members was.

John Thurso, speaking for the House of Commons Commission, replied that the total budget for users of parliamentary IT - which would include the house's support and admin staff, or Servants of the House to give their traditional name - is £1.87m.

"The service is not disaggregated for specific user groups," said Thurso. "However 60 per cent of the calls derive from Members of the House of Commons and their staff, making the proportionate cost of IT support to Members of the House of Commons and their staff £1.122 million pa."

The figure doesn't cover IT support for members in their constituencies, he added, though members are entitled to broadband for upto three locations away from Parliament, at a maximum cost of £852 a year. (We presume this is the total cost, not the cost per line.) And they have the ability to call in a pair of crack Commons IT geeks to sort out problems in the consituencies, should the need arise.

There are 650 MPs, while MP staff stands at 2,915.

By contrast, House of Commons staff come to 1,839. Which means that while MPs and their staff account for 65 per cent of the staff in the Commons, they suck up just 60 per cent of the IT support spend.

Which sounds like a good deal, though it's not clear whether those 1800 odd Commons staffers includes everyone from librarians and IT support staff to engineers, security staff and the people in the tearoom. We called to check but no one answered the phone. Possibly they were showing an MP's researcher how to get an outside line. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.