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Ministers: Training

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will place in the Library a copy of the Handbook for Ministers prepared by the National School of Government. (312284)

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

Letter from Rod Clark, dated January 2010:

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 operates in a commercial environment with a business model which requires the full operating costs of the department to be recovered from the products and services provided to clients and customers. The “Handbook for Ministers” will be published in due course with a cover price. At the moment it is still in draft form, and subject to revision; so I have concluded that it would not be appropriate at this stage to place a copy in the Library of the House.

I am sending you, however, the current draft of the Handbook, and will send you the final version when it is published.