The numbers appeared in a recent Freedom of Information request and the issue raised by Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser.

He warned that the short lifespan of many of these devices could result in a costly replacement bill in just a few years’ time.

Mr Fraser said, “Ultimately our youngsters have to learn skills that will be applicable in the world of work and being digitally literate is definitely a part of this.

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