§ Dr. Stoate
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to(a) increase the number of supervisory allowances for NHS clinical educators and (b) invest in additional post-graduate training for educators and locum cover for their existing caseload. 
§ Mr. Denham
National Health Service staff participate in education and training as clinical educators as part of their overall duties. Separate fees are not therefore payable but some staff are employed for additional sessions to enable them to cover duties associated with training. General practitioners receive a trainers grant where they undertake training responsibilities. This will increase to £6,100 per year from 1 April.
We have invested £3 million over the past two years in providing training for trainers in medicine. We are working with key stakeholders to support trainers for all health professionals.
Employers arrange locum cover where they feel it is necessary.