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
2009/10 part year
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.