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National School of Government

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much remuneration (a) Cabinet Ministers, (b) Ministers of State, (c) Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and (d) Parliamentary Private Secretaries received in respect of lectures given to the National School of Government and its predecessors in each of the last 10 years, broken down by department. (220070)

[holding answer 21 July 2008]: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National School of Government. I have asked the National School’s Chief Executive and Principal to reply.

Letter from Robin Ryde, dated 28 July 2008:

In the Written Ministerial Statement to the House on 9 January 2007 (Official Report Col 5WS), the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Pat McFadden MP) announced that the National School of Government was now a Non Ministerial Department. Consequently, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the National School of Government.

No serving Ministers (Secretaries of State, Ministers of State or Parliamentary Secretaries) have been paid to contribute to events run by the National School since its establishment in 2005. This is also true for predecessor organisations for the period 1998-2005.

No Parliamentary Private Secretaries have been paid to contribute to events run by the National School since its establishment in 2005. The then Civil Service College paid £120 to one Parliamentary Private Secretary to contribute to a course in 1999. This is the only instance of which we are aware in 1998-2005.