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Departmental Training

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on IT training for its staff in each of the last five years. (274216)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) centrally spent the following on IT training in the last two financial years (FYs):

Financial year

£

2007-08

1228,870

2008-09

1256,904

1 Without VAT.

These figures shown include training in Microsoft applications, FCO specific tools, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and one IT eLearning package available to all FCO staff worldwide. Detailed figures for the preceding financial years are no longer available.

The FCO is currently undergoing an IT upgrade. Figures for IT Training delivered as part of this project are not available as they are not individually broken down within the contract.

Some courses are organised, run and paid for by our posts around the world. There is no central record of training courses and costs; that information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.