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Cameron's iPad 'donated by Apple'

David Cameron is using an iPad that was donated by Apple, according to a list of gifts disclosed by the Government.

The Prime Minister - known to be a fan of the fashionable devices - received one from the company in April which he has kept for "official use".

Under Whitehall rules, ministers must declare all gifts worth more than £140. Unless they choose to pay for items out of their own pocket, they are usually stored away by officials.

In 2010, Mr Cameron opted to purchase a £429 iPad given by headphones tycoon Mike Faith, but another tablet from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was kept by the Cabinet Office.

The latest details released for the first quarter of this year show that Mr Cameron received a leather jacket from president Barack Obama during a trip to the US in May, but chose not to purchase it.

He also passed up the opportunity to own unspecified "sportswear" given by Tory former chancellor Lord Lamont.

The disclosure also reveals that Mr Cameron ran up a bill of nearly £1.1 million on foreign trips between April and June. That included £672,000 on his historic trip to meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, a tour which also took in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Attending the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, cost £403,000.

Mr Cameron has previously revealed that he is an avid player of iPad game Angry Birds, which involves firing birds from a catapult at wood, glass and stone structures.

He is believed to use tablets to catch up with TV series such as The Killing while on the move. A special app has reportedly been created to help him keep on top of Government and economic data.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg did not receive any gifts during the quarter, according to the details published by the Cabinet Office.


From Belfast Telegraph