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Departmental Languages

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in the Prime Minister’s Office received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Office incurred in providing such coaching; in what languages such coaching was provided; and whether the Prime Minister has received such coaching. (248075)

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Cabinet Office is committed to lifelong learning for all its employees and supports individuals throughout their learning and development.

All Cabinet Office units have delegated responsibility for spend against their training budgets and information is not collected centrally.

There has been no centrally organised coaching in a foreign language for Cabinet Office staff.