HC Deb 23 May 2003 vol 406 c78W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the training(a) budget and (b) actual expenditure was for the National Treatment Agency in (i) 2002–03 and (ii) 2003–04. [113786]

Ms Blears

[holding answer 16 May 2003]The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse"s (NTA) actual spend on training in 2002–03 and proposed training budget in 2003–04, is shown in the table.

Actual Spend


Budget Spend



For NTA staff 34,000 30,000
For the field (Workforce Planning) 725,000 660,000
Total: 759,000 690,000

John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training budget there is through the National Treatment Agency for implementing models of care. [113984]

Ms Blears

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) has centrally funded nine regional training and development events to date on models of care. These had a total of 1,050 participants and were highly rated on consumer satisfaction questionnaires.

These events cost about £86,000, which is in addition to the £759,000 that the NTA spent on training in 2002–03. The NTA"s overall proposed training budget for 2003–04 is £690,000.

All the NTA"s training and development initiatives from February are in line with models of care, and will reinforce its implementation as the proxy national service framework. We also now expect drug action teams to fund any local training initiatives that they identify their local work force as requiring.