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The figures cover software products for internal use and exclude software purchased on behalf of the national health services.

Departmental Offices

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. [112180]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The office space used in central London by the Department and its executive agencies in 2004 and 2006 is as follows:

2004 2006

Freehold (m( 2) )

Department

23,217.4

24,574.0

Agencies

0

0

Total

23,217.4

24,574.0

Leasehold (m( 2) )

Department

39,117.58

27,384.66

Agencies

10,449.0

12,535.5

Total

49,566.58

39,920.1


Departmental Policy Advisers

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of the letters of appointment of each of her special advisers. [118138]

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:

A copy is available in the Library.

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.

Departmental Training Courses

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training courses have been offered to (a) ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department in the last 12 months. [118160]

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.

People management skills


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Personal development

Communication skills

Leadership courses

IT skills courses

Open Learning Centre

Other courses

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.

Departmental Travel

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) travel, (b) accommodation, (c) subsistence and (d) other
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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. [118166]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department’s 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.

The Department’s total spend on travel and subsistence by staff within the UK since 2001-02 has been as follows:

£
Travel Subsistence Total

2001-02

7,546,829

1,392,948

8,939,777

2002-03

7,189,396

1,421,354

8,610,750

2003-04

7,720,637

2,019,014

9,739,651

2004-05

13,114,517

2005-06

13.505,109


NHS Purchase and Supply Agency (PASA), which is the Department’s 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
£
Travel Subsistence

2001-02

972,006

305,934

2002-03

995,259

333,858

2003-04

1,024,548

392,277

2004-05

854,320

314,527


Departments: Christmas Cards

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on sending Christmas cards in 2006. [119947]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The amount spent on purchasing Christmas cards for 2006 (inclusive of VAT) was £3,001.92.

All expenditure incurred in the purchase and postage of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the Department’s 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.


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Staff numbers, and their time, spent on separate tasks are not recorded, but the amount in each case would have been minimal.

The cost of each card purchased included a donation of 25 pence shared between the charities listed:


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