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Languages

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure on language training was in each year since 1997. (199496)

Language training for armed forces personnel and MOD civilians is provided mainly by the Defence School of Languages (DSL). The school also provides some training for overseas personnel on a repayment basis.

The cost of DSL for the financial year 2001-02 to the present date is as follows:

Financial year

£ million

2001-02

6.899

2002-03

6.569

2003-04

7.754

2004-05

7.611

2005-06

8.022

2006-07

7.882

2007-081

8.189

1Until end February 2008

Information for the period prior to 2001-02 is unavailable; there is no requirement for the Department to retain financial information beyond the six year point.

Details of expenditure on language training by other MOD facilities are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.