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.