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Departments: Training

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on Departments training, how much was spent on training courses for staff aimed at reducing benefit fraud and error in 2006; and how many staff attended these courses in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (133893)

Considerable effort and resources would need to be used on interrogating the Staff Information System in order to obtain information that could be used to work out costs for the 2006. Obtaining this level of information could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on Departments training, how much was spent on training away days for departmental staff in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (133894)

Information on training away days is not classified separately from other learning and would be scheduled as an event along with other courses. Attendance at external events will have been recorded by individuals on their learning history. This information cannot be downloaded centrally. Obtaining this level of information could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on departments: training, how many people attended each course in each of the last three years for which figures are available; how many days were allocated to each course; which of these training courses were conducted at off-site locations; and which locations were used. (133940)

Considerable effort and resources would need to be used to interrogate the Staff Information System to obtain the level of detail required for 2006. Previous to this there were no IT systems in place to collect such detailed information. Any information still available would be held clerically at a local level. Obtaining this level of information could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on departments: training, how much was spent in 2006 on courses in (a) media training for ministers, (b) handling media for civil servants, (c) strategic communications planning for civil servants, (d) leadership in the outdoors for civil servants, (e) managing change for benefits releases for civil servants, (f) strategy training for civil servants, (g) fireworks for civil servants, (h) core consultancy skills for civil servants, (i) public leadership for civil servants, (j) the communications network programme for civil servants and (k) turnaround leadership for civil servants in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (133941)

(a) The total specific media training costs for Ministers for 2006 was £3,794.84. (b-k) Considerable effort and resources would need to be used on interrogating the Staff Information System in order to obtain the level of detail required to identify the spend in 2006. Previous to this there were no IT systems in place to collect such detailed information. Any information still available would be held clerically at a local level. Obtaining this level of information could be done only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on departments: training, how much was spent on courses for staff in his Department in (a) stress awareness, (b) self development, (c) self awareness, (d) creative thinking, (e) curriculum vitae writing, (f) running staff clubs, (g) facilitation skills, (h) non-verbal behaviour workshops, (i) intervention skills and (j) being a change agent workshops in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (133942)

Considerable effort and resources would need to be used on interrogating the Staff Information System in order to obtain the level of detail required for 2006. Previous to this there were no IT systems in place to collect such detailed information. Any information that may still be available would be held clerically at a local level. Obtaining this level of information could be done only at disproportionate cost.