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National School of Government: Hotels

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much the National School of Government has spent on hotel accommodation for its officials in each of the last five years. (306039)

This is a matter for the National School of Government. I have asked the principal and chief executive to assist by writing to you.

Letter from Rod Clark, dated December 2009:

In the Written Ministerial Statement to the House on 9 January 2007 (Official Report Col 5WS), the then Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Pat McFadden MP) announced that the National School of Government was now a Non Ministerial Department. Consequently, the Minister for the Cabinet Office has asked me to reply to your Parliamentary Questions about the National School of Government.

The National School’s finance system does not separately identify the amount of expenditure on hotel accommodation for the School’s staff. We can identify the amount of subsistence that we have paid in respect of staff split between the United Kingdom and overseas. This will include hotel accommodation plus also the cost of meals and any incidental allowances paid within HMRC rules. The expenditure was incurred in the normal course of the School’s business of providing learning and development and consultancy services on a cost-recovery basis to the civil service, wider public sector, voluntary and private sectors and overseas.

UK

Overseas

Total

2004/05

104,046

62,184

166,230

2005/06

121,172

54,423

175,595

2006/07

58,170

51,413

109,583

2007/08

71,620

87,565

159,186

2008/09

118,053

52,348

170,402

2009/10 part year

47,284

32,406

79,690

In addition to the above amounts we have also paid hotels, conference centres and other venues for the accommodation of students on learning and development events. Inclusive in some of these payments would be the costs of staff necessarily staying with the students - these costs are not separately identified.