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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on what (a) media training and (b) social media training for (i) him and (ii) Ministers in his Department since May 2010.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The information is as follows:

2010

Edward Davey, former Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs: June 2010; John Hayes, former Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning: June 2010; Baroness Wilcox, former Parliamentary Under Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills: June 2010: £2,100.

2012

Jo Swinson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport): October 2012 £2,200.

Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills (jointly with Department for Education) Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State: October 2012 £2,200.

2013

Viscount Younger, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: May 2013; £3,300.

2014

Jenny Willott—Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs: March 2014; £3,300.

These training sessions would have covered television, radio and journalist interviews. There are no costs associated with social media training.

The Department organises media training for Ministers to help them undertake their official duty as spokespersons for the Department. Every effort is taken to ensure value for the taxpayer.

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