Jersey politician wants laptop use in States sitting

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Laptops should be used while politicians are debating in Jersey's States assembly, according to a St Helier deputy.

Members are to be allowed to use internet-enabled devices, like blackberries and iPhones as part of a trial scheme.

But Deputy Debbie De Souza wants laptops to be included in the trial.

In the past members had been told to keep their mobile phone switched off while in the States chamber.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee proposed a trial scheme to run until the end of March 2012, allowing members to use their mobiles and other similar electronic equipment during debates.

Deputy De Souza said using laptops would be fairer as all members will own one, while only a few own mobiles that can access the internet.

She said there had been concerns that laptops would be too big to fit on desks but as it was a trial she did not see why they could not be included anyway.

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