Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have spent on away days in the last 12 months; and what the (i) subject and (ii) location of each away day was.
Simon Burns (Minister of State (Health), Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)
The Department and its agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), are committed to developing their staff and equipping them with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to carry out their work roles effectively. Away days and team building events make a significant contribution to such development.
For the core Department, away days and team building activities are typically arranged by individual teams. No central records of such events are held and extracting the requested data would incur disproportionate costs.
The following table gives the available details for away days and related events held by the MHRA during the past 12 months.
|Away Day Subject||Location||Cost (£)|
|Management and Leadership Development—SDI Team Day||Oxford Group, Agriculture House, 0X29 4TP||8,778.00|
|Management training||Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel||Not available|
|Management and Leadership Development Day||Oxford Group||4,866.70|
|Management and Leadership HR Team Day||Oxford Group||4,664.10|
|Team Away Day||Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel||6,070.49|
|Executive Board Away Day||Academy of Medical Sciences||1,751.40|
|IMD Management Team Meeting||Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel||280.00|
|Management training||Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel||2,922.50|