Departments: Languages

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Rob Marris Rob Marris Labour, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of the job requirements of staff (a) in her Department and (b) in other departments when making the decision to outsource her Department's language teaching operation.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Minister of State (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) language policy review made a number of recommendations to improve the skills of FCO staff who require language skills to do their job. The decision to outsource training will not impact on the operational efficiency of FCO staff or staff from other Government Departments working in the FCO.

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