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Departments: Training

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Deprtment’s expenditure was on away days located outside her Department’s buildings in the last year for which figures are available. (155698)

Expenditure related to staff away days is not identified as a separate item on the Department's accounting system, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, any such expenditure could reasonably be expected within the expenditure total for conferences. The total expenditure on conferences for Ministers and civil servants incurred by Communities and Local Government in the period 1 October 2006 to 30 September 2007 was £498,273.

All expenditure on conferences is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety.