Departmental Conferences

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office

(1) which conferences held overseas have been attended by civil servants based in her Department in the last three years; and what the cost to the public purse was of such attendance at each conference;

(2) how many overseas training courses were attended by her 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.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Minister of State (Third Sector), Cabinet Office, Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)

The Cabinet Office has not organised any overseas training centrally for staff. All Cabinet Office Management Units have delegated responsibility for spend against their learning and development budgets. The individual management units decide on appropriate learning opportunities to enable their staff to acquire the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to deliver departmental objectives. This might involve attendance on an internal or external training course as well as a one or more of the following:

job shadowing one to one coaching mentoring

E-Learning personal study.

Information on attendance and cost at courses or conferences is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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