MPs to be allowed their iPads at Despatch Box

Ministers will be able to use an iPad at the Despatch Box instead of a ministerial red folder, under plans to be backed by MPs this week.

Tablet computers and smartphones will be allowed on the green benches to replace speaking notes "in a way that does not impair decorum". It follows a recommendation by the procedure committee, which oversees how the Commons works. But MPs are behind the times – the House of Lords has allowed iPads since February.