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Departmental Languages

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (320412)

Records of the coaching received in foreign languages for staff in Communities and Local Government are not held by the Department. However, data obtained from training coordinators within the Department shows that in the last 12 months no Minister has received coaching in a foreign language and the following table gives the details of the civil servants who have received coaching in a foreign language during the last 12 months.

Language

Cost (£)

Number of officials

French

2,910

12

Chinese

1,500

2

Spanish

297.90

1