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Prison Service: Languages

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers are proficient in speaking (a) Urdu, (b) Farsi, (c) Arabic, (d) Gujarati, (e) Punjabi, (f) Bangla, (g) Tamil, (h) Hindi, (i) Russian, (j) Turkish, (k) Cantonese, (l) Mandarin, (m) Somali, (n) Vietnamese, (o) Polish, (p) Albanian and (q) other languages spoken by non-English speakers serving custodial sentences in England and Wales. (205120)

It is not a requirement for prison officers to disclose the information requested and therefore it is not held centrally. To obtain the information would require contacting each prisoner officer at a disproportionate cost.