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Departmental Training

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on media training for each Minister in his Department in each of the last three years; how many sessions have been provided; and who provided such training. (268557)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department’s policy is on the practice of holding departmental away days outside the Department’s buildings. (268569)

My Department has not laid down a policy on this. Occasional staff events off site are approved by the Head of Office, when there is a clear benefit to the business to be gained. Government or hotel accommodation is used, chosen to be fit for purpose and economical. Away days are not used as a form of reward.