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Departmental Training

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (305902)

We hold records on training provided centrally. In the 12 months to the end of November 2009, one employee attended a training course where an element of it was delivered overseas. This was a leadership development programme at the National School of Government which consisted of six modules of which five were delivered locally in the UK. The total cost was £14,500, with the overseas element of the programme amounting to £4,350.

A number of training courses are agreed locally and a detailed check of those records to see if any involved an element of overseas travel would incur disproportionate cost.