Members of the UK parliament may soon be waving Apple iPads at each other across the dispatch box instead of order papers, according to reports in the press.
The Commons Administration Committee has recommended purchasing Apple's tablet device for all MPs as a move that it expects would save on taxpayer's money, according to the BBC.
Part of the logic of the proposal is that tablets would make it easier for MPs to do their work and save on paper.
However, MPs are currently already entitled to three desktop computers and two laptops for their office use, and the committee is recommending an iPad in addition to these rather than instead of one or more of them.
According to the BBC, a trial of the iPad by members of the Administration Committee resulted in savings of several thousand pounds through circulating information electronically rather than by hard copy.
Rather pathetically, a committee member is quoted as saying that the prospect of securing discounts from Apple for bulk buying are likely to be limited. Surely the UK government should have more confidence in its purchasing power?
It seems that Parliament is looking at purchasing the older iPad 2 models, rather than the newer iPad announced earlier this month.
The House of Commons Commission is expected to consider the committee's recommendation in a meeting due to take place later today.
UPDATE (27 March): Speaking to V3, a Commons Administration Committee representative confirmed the decision on the MP's iPad bid had been pushed back to 30 April after discussion on another topic rolled passed its allotted time during the meeting on 26 March.
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