MP Tessa Munt criticised over iPad expenses
MP is among scores of MPs who have been criticised this week for
receiving free iPads from Commons authorities to work on 'paperless
press reports say the tablet computers have been given to 91 MPs,
including Tessa Munt, after they agreed not to receive information
in paper form.
have questioned why the MPs are entitled to the iPads when there
are cheaper tablet computers on the market.
Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It
is incumbent on the Commons authorities to demonstrate that money
really is being saved by paying for tablets instead of automatically
printing out committee documents."
people will suspect that it's a ruse to allow the MPs to get their
hands on the latest gizmo courtesy of the taxpayer. In any event,
iPads are a top-of-the-range, premium product and there are much
cheaper alternatives available which would save even more taxpayers'
MPs are all members of one of nine committees which scrutinise
the work of central Government on behalf of the House of Commons.
They include the Business, Innovation and Skills, the Public Accounts,
Energy and Climate Change and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Commons said the iPads have been lent on "a pilot basis is
part of a wider programme of change in the Committee Office, which
will reduce costs, increase efficiency, and switch some major
areas of work to a digital-first approach."