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Departmental Training

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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. (320539)

No Ministers and 13 civil servants received coaching in a foreign language in the period March 2009 to February 2010.

The languages covered were French and Arabic, with an expenditure of £20,380.