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Departmental Languages

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure his Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided. (248073)

The central Department and its agencies recorded no instances where Ministers have received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months.

The following table provides a break down of civil servants within the Department and its agencies who have received coaching in a foreign language.

Delegates attendedLanguage(s)Cost (£)

DFT (C)

Not available

French, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian and German

£6.50 -£8.00 per hour

DVLA

0

HA

1

Dutch

700.00

MCA

1

Spanish

314.00

VGA

0

VOSA

1

Welsh

144.00

GCDA

0