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Education And Training Costs

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the total annual cost of education and training undertaken by his Department.

The total cost of training given to non-industrial staff in my Department in the training year 1978–79 is estimated at £19·5 million. This represents training given within the Department,

(2) what was the number of midwives, district nurses and health visitors employed within the National Health Service in 1970, 1978 and 1980, at the nearest convenient date;

(3) what was the number of administrative staff, all grades, employed within the National Health Service in 1970, 1978 and 1980, to the nearest convenient date.

It is not possible to give the answers in the precise form requested because of lack of information for 1970 and problems of coverage and comparability. The earliest year for which a realistic comparison of the staff groups in question can be made is 1971; the latest year for which comparable information for all the staff groups is available is 1978. The table below sets out the the Civil Service college, and externally. The figure includes basic staff costs of the students—that is salaries and normal accommodation—but does not include travelling and subsistence expenses.In addition, the Department provides central finance for certain Health Service and personal social service training. Details are included in the Supply Estimates (class XI).