Details of away days and conferences are not centrally recorded, and the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The Department's accounting system does not record expenditure on away days separately from other staff training and development costs and to identify and summarise these costs for the period would incur disproportionate cost.
The expenditure on conferences within the Department's administration costs for financial years 2005-06 to 2008-09 is set out in the table.
Financial year £ 2008-09 92,150 2007-08 158,190 2006-07 231,220 2005-06 170,280
These figures include conference running costs, room hire, hospitality, accommodation and travel costs of conference speakers.
An analysis of costs by each conference could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.