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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the annual expenditure on training and development for her Department was in each year since 1997-98; and what the expected costs are for 2006-07. (99957)

Expenditure on training and development incurred in the Department in each year since 1997-98 is shown in the table.

Expenditure (£000)

1997-98

1,150

1998-99

1,325

1999-00

1,369

2000-01

1,563

2001-02

1,806

2002-03

1,691

2003-04

2,320

2004-05

2,439

2005-06

2,465

The costs shown include all expenditure on staff training incurred by the Cabinet Office and the National School of Government.

Costs incurred on training and development in 2006-2007 will only be available when the Department's resource accounts are fully audited and laid before Parliament. This is expected to be before the 2007 summer recess.

The rise in expenditure on training since 1997-98 can be explained by the increase in the number of staff working in the Department. In addition, training costs have increased as a result of the Cabinet Office's ‘Investors in People’ accreditation. ‘Investors in People’ is the National Standard, which sets a level of good practice for an organisation's performance through its people.