Chi Onwurah – 2015 Parliamentary Question to the Home Office

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Chi Onwurah on 2015-02-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department’s training budget was in each of the last three financial years.

Karen Bradley

Managers in the Home Department have received the following guidance on the number of days learning and development, including formal training, that should be provided to staff :"Every civil servant should be spending at least 5 days a year on their own learning and development targeting those skills they most need for their current and future roles."

We do not collect data centrally on all aspects of learning and development that are used to develop staff skills nor on training budgets so this could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure in the Home Department on training for the past 3 financial years was:

2011/12: £14,860,807
2012/13: £16,986,868
2013/14: £24,715,417

The increase in training expenditure figures in the last two years was a result of developing skills across the Home Office and in particular training new officers recruited in UK Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement, Her Majesty’sPassport Office and Border Force.