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English Language

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not spend anything on English language training for staff in the UK. Overseas, most locally recruited jobs require prior working knowledge of English. In certain circumstances posts may have contributed from their own budgets to the cost of English tuition for junior staff (e.g. drivers); but no central record is kept of this expenditure and to collate the figures would incur disproportionate cost.

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