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Ministers attacked over £640k Apple products spending

Government ministers have been criticised for spending taxpayers' money on "expensive gadgets" after it was revealed they had paid over half a million pounds for Apple products.

Since the general election in 2010, Whitehall departments have splashed out on 464 iPads, 314 iPhones, 160 Mac computers and two iPod touches, costing an estimated £640,000.

The Home Office spent over £48,000 in 2013 on 100 iPads, three iPhones and six Macbooks. Credit: Reuters

The figures, gained through Freedom of Information requests, also showed that the Home Office had spent over £48,000 in 2013 on 100 iPads, three iPhones and six Macbooks.

Five departments including the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Education and the Foreign Office refused to reveal how much they had spent.

A Labour source said: "Hard-pressed families will think this looks like huge indulgence during these tough times"

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Hard-working people expect us to get best value for their money so we won't apologise for using modern technology which saves money and helps civil servants do their jobs, providing the services on which we all rely."