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Audit Commission: Training

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 25 January 2010, Official Report, column 561W, on the Audit Commission: procurement, what the purpose was of the extra driver tuition from the AA Driving School procured by the Audit Commission; and what the jobs were of those who received the training. (324012)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the Chief Executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 25 March 2010:

The payments to the AA driving school relate to seven members of staff who attended one day advanced driver training courses. Two of the individuals are auditors, two are IT specialists and three are performance specialists.

All seven members of staff drive a high number of business miles each year and all had been involved in car accidents whilst driving on Commission business. The purpose of the driving courses is to analyse and improve the skills of high risk drivers and attendance contributes to reducing insurance costs.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.