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.