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Departmental Training

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department’s policy is on the practice of holding departmental away days outside the Department’s buildings. (268536)

The Department’s policy on away days, management conferences and seminars is that they should take place in venues which provide value for money taking account of the nature of the event.

Where the hire of rooms or the use of hotel facilities is considered appropriate, this should be judged against the availability of reasonable alternatives, the location of the facilities in relation to the home location of the majority of attendees, and the associated travel costs.

Any expenditure is incurred in accordance with the principles of managing public money and the Treasury Handbook on Regularity and Propriety.