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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cannock Chase of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 526W, on the Audit Commission: expenditure, what the (a) date, (b) venue and (c) cost to the public purse has been of each Audit Commission Alumni event.
This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to my hon. Friend direct.
Letter from Eugene Sullivan, dated
Your Parliamentary Question has been passed to me to reply.
The Audit Commission set up its alumni group in 2008 to keep in touch with colleagues who had left the Commission, either on retirement, or to move on to other organisations or industries. Due to the number of people registered to attend, the events were held at external venues in London.
Staff felt it was useful to keep these contacts, not only to network—the focus at two events were debates or lectures on public service issues relevant to the Commission’s work. However, the Commission’s Management Team did not feel that the benefits outweighed the cost, so the last event was held in May 2010.
The event held on (a)
The second event was held on (a)
The final event, held on (a)