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Departmental Training

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 25 November 2008, Official Report, column 1406W, on departmental training, what personal training courses at public expense other Ministers in his Department have undertaken since 1 January 2008. (251329)

Ministers in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills have taken the following personal training courses at public expense since 1 January 2008:

Foreign language lessons;

Cabinet Committees;

European Union;

Media Training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which external organisations his Department has engaged to provide training for fast stream civil service staff in the last three years; and how many civil servants in his Department have participated in provision of training for external organisations in that period. (252222)

The Department was created on 28 June 2007. The names of external organisations engaged to provide training for the staff in the fast stream are listed in the following table:

Organisations

20071

National School for Government

2008

National School for Government

Stanton Marris Associates

Westminster Explained

Parity Training Ltd

PTS Consortium

1 From 28 June 2007

The number of civil servants who have participated in training for external organisations since the Department's creation is not collected centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.