The Commons Administration Committee may be handing out iPads to the UK House of Commons in the coming months, having already recommended the devices as a way to save taxpayer money.
As part of current policy, every member of parliament (MP) is given three desktop computers and two laptops, which are designated for office use, which includes use by staff members.
According to the committee, the addition of iPads could potentially make it easier for MPs to complete work on the go, and it will save paper too.
Providing an iPad to all 650 MPs might cost as much as 415,000 dollars, plus monthly subscription fees for 3G access. The tablets won’t replace the current computers, but will be a new addition.
Earlier this year, the committee conducted a trial in which the iPads were handed out to 16 MPs, and were able to save several thousand pounds by circulating information electronically instead of using a print version.
Savings like that would justify the cost of the iPad in a short period of time. However, the Taxpayers’ Alliance is against the proposal, saying “with the public finances in such a mess, the last thing taxpayers want is to for out for a new toy for every MP.” A meeting was conducted on Monday to discuss the recommendation, but the outcome is currently unknown.