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English Language

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available. (177489)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not spend anything on English language training for staff in the UK. Overseas, most locally recruited jobs require prior working knowledge of English. In certain circumstances posts may have contributed from their own budgets to the cost of English tuition for junior staff (e.g. drivers); but no central record is kept of this expenditure and to collate the figures would incur disproportionate cost.