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26/03/2015 10:35 GMT | Updated 26/03/2015 10:59 GMT

Every MP Will Get A New iPad Air At A Cost Of £200,000

Every MP after the General Election will receive a new Apple iPad Air 2 and laptop according to the House of Commons Commission.

The announcement -- which was made on Tuesday -- revealed that all MPs would receive the premium tablet as part of a major hardware update for staff at the House of Commons.

Providing 650 MPs with iPads and laptops is expected to cost around £200,000 per year at a full cost of around £1.5 million.

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Despite the cost, the plan is actually part of a major shift by the House of Commons Commission to become more paperless. It's expected that by moving MPs over to tablets and laptops the House of Commons will be able to save around £3m a year.

Computer World reports that over 200 MPs already have iPads which were provided as part of a pilot scheme in 2012 to find out if the tablets would be a suitable replacement for the current method of printing hard copies.

According to the Times, it's understood that MPs will be provided with an iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi+Celluar that costs £499.

When asked why the Commission had chosen what is considered to be a premium tablet, John Thurso MP replied that the sheer cost of moving current infrastructure away from Apple's devices would have been prohibitively costly, resulting in even higher costs and lower savings.