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Departmental Training

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many overseas training courses were attended by his Department's civil servants 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. (305901)

Record of overseas training courses for Communities and Local Government are not centrally held in the Department. However available data obtained within the Department gives the following breakdown for the calendar year 2008-09; figures given do not include travel and subsistence costs

List of overseas training courses

Number of civil servants

Cost to the public purse


Two days—Financial statements and audit in the public sector, Warsaw


1180 Euro

December 2008

Five days course in Hungary for living library organisers


50 Euros—(cost covered by the EU with only 50 Euro contribution by CLG)

February 2009

One day—Royal Statistical Association conference in Belgium


Free—(cost waived (as the members of staff were also speakers at the conference)

April 2009

Four days—Financial Management of ERDF programmes, Barcelona



April 2009

Two days—Training the trainers course, Brussels



June 2009

Three days—Evaluation of ERDF programmes, Berlin



June 2009

Two days World 1 conference on Spatial Econometrics in Barcelona


375 Euros

July 2009

Two days Eurostat-IAOS-IFC conference on Residential Property Price indices (RPPI) in Basely Switzerland



November 2009