§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years. 
§ Ms Blears
[holding answer 26 April 2002]: Ministers have not received voice coaching provided by an external supplier and paid for by the Department in any of the last five years. Any voice coaching bought in for individual officials would represent individual minimal expenditure. A trawl for accurate data could be carried out only at disproportionate cost.