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Departmental Training

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 586W, on departmental training, what the (a) cost, (b) duration and (c) nature was of each of the courses undertaken; and which Ministers attended each. (254869)

As I set out in my answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 586W, the three courses attended by Treasury Ministers in the period concerned were intended to enable Ministers to carry out their duties effectively in line with the Ministerial Code. Two courses lasted a day, and one 90 minutes. The total cost of the courses was £1,285. Identifying Ministers who undertake training would, or would be likely to, discourage participation in future training sessions, acting as a disincentive for Ministers to undertake formal professional development.