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Civil Servants' Language Training

Volume 374: debated on Wednesday 29 September 1976

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What facilities for language training are offered to British civil servants likely to be representing the United Kingdom in the EEC.

Departments are encouraged to take advantage of the facilities for language training offered throughout the country by specialised language schools (including the Diplomatic Service Language Centre), polytechnics and local education authorities. Courses of language training are arranged specially for the Home Civil Service at Leeds University and at the Polytechnic of Central London. In addition some Departments themselves provide their staff with language laboratory facilities.Although the Civil Service College does not teach languages, it arranges courses on an exchange basis with France, Germany and the Netherlands. The senior exchanges with France include a specific element of language training.