MPs to get pre-installed 'Commons-approved' Candy Crush Saga on their iPads

Each of the 650 MPs receiving an Apple iPad Air 2 and a laptop when they return following the election will have a ‘Commons-approved’ version of Candy Crush Saga pre-installed.

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Each of the 650 MPs receiving an Apple iPad Air 2 and a laptop when they return following the election will have a ‘Commons-approved’ version of Candy Crush Saga pre-installed.

The iPad giveaway is part of a wider digital plan within government that will save £3 million a year – cutting printing and paper costs.

The overall cost of the handout is estimated at £200,000 per year, adding up to a total of £1 million, or £1,538 per MP over the next five years.

The use of Candy Crush Saga in parliament was first piloted by MP Nigel Mills during a Work and Pensions Select Commitee meeting on pension reforms late last year.

Discussing the trial run with the Sun, Mills said: “It was a long meeting on pension reforms, which is an important issue that I take very seriously.

“There was a bit of the meeting that I wasn’t focusing on and I probably had a game or two.

“I shouldn’t do it but if you check the meeting I would say I was fully engaged in asking questions that I thought were particularly important in how we get the pensions issue right. I shall try not to do it in the future.”

However, a study by Gartner revealed that mobile gaming can boost productivity amongst the workforce.

In light of this, the committee met over the Christmas period to discuss rolling out a parliamentary controlled version of the app to allow MPs who were suffering from lack of engagement to switch pictures of sweets around their devices, but block any aspects of the game users pay for – like improving your score.

“This will eliminate burden from the taxpayer,” it said.

A spokesperson from the House of Commons Speakers' office, told ComputerworldUK under pre-election conditions of anonymity: "We hope that offering MPs some light diversion from the long and tedious process of law making, might actually improve behaviour in the House, which we all know, is one reason why there is such widespread disengagement with mainstream politics."

Candy Crush Saga was developed by King.com. The London-based mobile gaming company hopes to raise up to $500 million (£300 million) on the New York Stock Exchange in its upcoming IPO.