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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what area of office space her Department and its agencies used in central London in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department does not issue letters of appointment to special advisers. All special advisers are appointed under terms and conditions set out in the Model Contract for Special Advisers. This is available on the Cabinet Office's website at:
I refer the hon. Member to the reply the Prime Minister my right hon. Friend the Member for Sedgefield (Mr. Blair) gave in a written ministerial statement on 24 July 2006, Official Report, columns 87-91WS.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The National School of Government offers training courses and briefing sessions for Ministers in all Departments on a range of topics. Civil servants are offered training courses from a range of providers, both internal and external. The Department offered the following courses at a corporate level in the period February 2006 to January 2007.
handling difficult situations
promoting a participative team environment
developing and motivating staff
develop inspire achieve
development programme for administrative officers (AO), executive officers (EO) and higher executive officers (HEO). Modules include:
self awareness and managing relationships
working and developing in changing environment
communicating with confidence
presenting with impact
conducting face to face briefing
prime leadership development programme
scspbl leadership development programme
senior leadership team development portfolio
management of electronic documents (meds)
searching and navigating the net
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
self-managed interactive courses available for use @ desk, e.g. on CD, DVD. A wide range of subjects are covered including communication skills, time management, IT, finance, languages
programme and project management
interactive policy skills development e-learning programme
working with local government
performance management awareness sessions
equality duties and responsibility sessions
introduction to procurement
procurement training for authorised signatories
The courses listed are only those offered and funded at corporate level. For the period until April 2006, some of those courses were organised by the Department's (then) group business team and were usually available only to staff within the business group concerned. Training courses funded locally by directorates have not been included, nor have training courses offered and delivered by external providers. Information about these is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) travel, (b) accommodation, (c) subsistence and (d) other
associated travel expenses as a result of travel within the UK by staff in (i) her Department and (ii) its agencies in each year since 2001-02. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Departments finance systems do not hold information in the form requested. Other associated travel expenses, for example cost of hire cars, are included within the travel cost and are not available separately. Accommodation costs are included within subsistence costs.
In April 2004, the Department introduced a new accounting system under which information on foreign and United Kingdom travel and subsistence costs are not identified separately and cannot be separated without incurring disproportionate costs.
NHS Purchase and Supply Agency (PASA), which is the Departments agency, does not hold information in the form requested. Overseas travel costs and other associated travel costs are included within the travel cost. Accommodation costs are included within the subsistence costs.
|NHS PASA had the following spend on travel and subsistence since 2001-02|
All expenditure incurred in the purchase and postage of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the Departments guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in government accounting. Recipient lists are co-ordinated to avoid duplication.
Separate figures for postage costs are not available, as some cards would have been included with other correspondence or would have been hand-delivered. The vast majority of those that were not included with correspondence were sent using second-class post.
Action for Blind People
Anthony Nolan Trust
ARCArthritis Research Campaign
Bone Marrow Research
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
British and International Sailors' Society
British Eye Research Foundation
British Lung Foundation
Campaign to Protect Rural England
Cancer Research UK
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Help the Aged
Iris Fund for Prevention of Blindness
Leukaemia Research Fund
Macmillan Cancer Relief
Marine Conservation Society
Mildmay Mission Hospital
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Multiple Sclerosis Trust
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
National Autistic Society
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