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Broadband (2017)

Request

What the total spend was for 2015-16 & 2016-17 for provision of broadband to/for MP’s offices ?

 

Response

Please note, whilst the House of Commons and the House of Lords are separate public authorities in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) is a joint service providing information and communications technology services for both Houses of Parliament. The information below covers both Houses and all users of the parliamentary network e.g. MPs, Members of the House of Lords, their staff, staff of the House Administrations.

Information relating to the cost of broadband services provided to Members is held by the House of Commons.

The cost of broadband services available to MPs was £165,478.31 in the 2015/16 financial year and £324,090.75 in the 2016/17 financial year. These broadband services are supplied to a number of locations, as requested by MPs, mainly for Members’ residences and constituency offices.

Please note, Members of Parliament do have offices on the parliamentary estate, but these are not supplied with broadband services by PDS. There are some phone lines provided to MPs offices, but any broadband services will be procured by the Member themselves and therefore the House does not hold information relating to these costs.

Please also note that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for paying MPs’ salaries and processing expenses claims and therefore may also hold information relating to your request so you may also wish to consider contacting IPSA.