§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1 May 1997, giving in each case the(a) purpose and (b) estimated cost. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information is not available as it is not held centrally. Such information as is available is as follows.
Expenditure brought to account on Management Conferences for Departmental staff between 1 May and 31 December is £958,201.
Additionally expenditure brought to account on seminars for employers on National Insurance issues between 1 May and 31 December is £17,376.