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Departmental Training

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (252223)

Most fast streamers’ training is booked directly by the individual fast streamers themselves. The Department only records fast stream training that requires payment from the central training budget. To obtain a full record of all training that fast streamers have taken from external providers, would incur disproportionate costs.

Over the last three years, the Department’s human resources (HR) central records show that the generalist Fast Streamers have used the following providers:

National School of Government

Westminster Explained

Government Exchange

Suzanne James Associates

Common Purpose

Birmingham University

Reed Training

The Emergency Planning College

Neil Stewart Associates

Axon Solutions

Penna plc

Industry and Parliament Trust

Eastmeade EU Training

Hemsley Fraser Group

Parity

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Clutterbuck Associates

3E Training

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The Department’s HR division only took on oversight of training for specialist fast streamers in 2007 and therefore only information about the last two years is available. Prior to that fast stream training was not dealt with centrally and to obtain information before that would incur disproportionate costs.

Over the past two years, the Department’s HR records show that specialist fast streamers have used the following providers:

National School of Government

London School of Economics

Luigi Siciliani—University of York

Paul Kind Quality Outcomes

Government Economic Service

Birkbeck University

University of Manchester

Oxford University

JHA HR Consultancy

The Outlook Training Organisation

Saxton Bampfylde

Royal Statistical Society

Government Statistical Society

Imperial College

Institute of Education

HM Treasury

Remarch Technologies

University of London

Brunei University

Royal Economic Society

Bath University

University of Southampton

Good decisions partnership

Leeds University

Office for National Statistics

Cambridge Econometrics

Modern Government.

No records are held centrally about the number of civil servants in the Department who have participated in provision of training for external organisations, and would incur disproportionate cost to establish.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on digital media training courses provided by the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008; how many such training sessions were held in 2008; and how many staff in his Department attended at least one such training course. (252269)

Training for staff within the Department is paid for by individual business units and this information is not held centrally.

In addition, the Department has no record on its finance system of any payments to the Internet Advertising Bureau in 2008.