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Civil Service: Training

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Norton of Louth Lord Norton of Louth Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants of permanent secretary or equivalent presently in post have received dedicated training on the constitutional significance of Parliament and the conventions governing the relationship between Parliament and Government; and whether it is a requirement that those appointed as Permanent Secretaries have received such training.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills), Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Information on the training which civil servants currently at Permanent Secretary or equivalent level have received in the past is not held centrally.

All civil servants can attend training provided by Civil Service Learning covering the role of Parliament, understanding the parliamentary process, and the relationship between Parliament and Government.

The Civil Service Reform plan published last week made clear that all civil servants will receive five days training in the future.

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