Jeff Randall at the Daily Telegraph has written an amusing article assessing the peformance of the pupils in what he calls ‘Cabinet College’. However, there is a serious aspect to study by ministers. Most have had no previous ministerial experience. I have therefore tabled a couple of parliamentary questions to elicit what training has been provided for them by the National School of Goverment.
I am especially keen to discover what training has been provided on constitutional practice and conventions not only to ministers but also to civil servants. Given the constitutional reform legislation being introduced by the Government, it is important that civil servants – not least those working for the Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet Office – have some grounding in the British Constitution.