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Diplomatic Service: Languages

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of heads of mission employed by his Department speak the language of the country to which they are accredited; and if he will make a statement. (209383)

99 per cent. (101 out of 102 missions in countries where English is not widely spoken) of heads of mission employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office speak the language of the country to which they are accredited, with varying degrees of fluency.