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Afghanistan: Translation Services

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in Afghanistan in 2007-08. (216310)

In financial year 2007-08 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent a total of £93,033.56 on interpretation. This includes the salaries of five locally-engaged interpreters employed by our embassy in Kabul, four employed by our provincial reconstruction team in Lashkar Gah and a further five interpreters employed on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs.