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Departmental Training

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many overseas training courses were attended by civil servants in the Law Officers’ Departments in the latest period for which figures are available; how many civil servants attended each course; and what the total cost to the public purse was of each course. (305886)

During the last full financial year, 2008-09, three overseas training courses were attended by staff from Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office. A single member of staff attended each course, and the overall cost to the Department was £548.

The Crown Prosecution Service is a devolved organisation. Although expenditure data on overseas travel are available the Department does not keep central records of the reason for travel or how many overseas training courses have been attended by CPS staff nor the associated costs, and therefore the information requested could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

No staff from the remaining Law Officers’ Departments have attended any overseas training courses during the latest period for which figures are available.