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Departments: Training

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on staff awaydays in the last 12 months. (153166)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the 20 most expensive training courses provided to Ministers and civil servants in his Department were in 2006; and what the cost was of each per participant. (153918)

This information is not held centrally and would be available only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what training courses were attended by staff from (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) his Department in each of the last three years; how many staff attended each course; and what the cost was of each course to his Department; (153922)

(2) how many days’ training on average were provided to each member of staff at (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) his Department, (c) the Office for National Statistics, (d) the Debt Management Office, (e) the Royal Mint, (f) the Office for Government Commerce, (g) the Government Actuary's Department and (h) the Valuation Office Agency in each of the last five years.

The information is not held centrally and would be available only at a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on training awaydays for staff of his Department and its agencies in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (153960)

Most Departments do not record the cost of awaydays separately from other training and development costs. The following information is available without incurring disproportionate costs.

£000

Department/agency

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

National Savings and Investments

33

58

35

Office of National Statistics

25

22

23

The Treasury only started to record awayday costs separately in 2005-06, when initial data collection indicated spend of £54,000 on awaydays. Due to changes to the accounting system more accurately to capture spend on awaydays, including associated training, recorded spend in 2006-07 was £192,000. This figure is therefore not directly comparable to the previous year.