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Departmental Languages

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months; what expenditure her Department incurred in providing such coaching; and in what languages such coaching was provided. (248080)

In the last 12 months no Ministers within the Department received coaching in a foreign language. Information relating to the number of civil servants who have received such coaching and the expenditure such coaching incurred is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.