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Departmental Training

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 697W, on departmental training, which Minister took part in (a) training on the European Union, (b) training on Cabinet Committees, (c) foreign language lessons and (d) media training; what each course involved; when each course took place; and what the total cost of each session was. (268566)

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.

The Cabinet Committee and European Union courses incurred no cost to the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills. The short briefing session on each topic was delivered by the National School of Government in September 2008. The first covered an overview of cabinet committee processes. The EU session similarly looked at structures, processes hierarchy and the relationship with Whitehall.

The foreign language lessons have cost £1,343 to date. These lessons in Italian have taken place weekly since October 2008.

The media training course involved two sessions in April 2008. The overall cost for the two sessions was £1,276. The course looked at developing skills to communicate the Minister’s remit in a particular area.

All of these courses were one-to-one sessions delivered to Ministers.