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Departmental Languages

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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. (320411)

No DCSF Ministers have received coaching in a foreign language in the last 12 months.

With regard to civil servants, the Department does not collect this information centrally in the form requested. Information on external training courses attended by employees in the last 12 months and the cost of each course is held locally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.