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Departmental Training

Health written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

From August 2010 until July 2011, the last 12 month period for which we have figures, £411,629.64 was spent from the Department's central training budget. This figure includes the costs of external courses and those where the central Department brought in external training provision.

Information is not held centrally about the cost of locally commissioned training, funded by directorates within the Department, nor is information held on how many external courses were attended by staff.

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