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Armed Forces: Languages

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel have received training in the (a) Farsi or Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu and (d) Pashto languages in each year since 2007. (258874)

The information is not held in the format requested. The numbers of exams taken in the years 2007-09, however, are as follows:

Total

Arabic

2006-07

329

2007-08

230

2008-091

195

Dari/Farsi

2006-07

103

2007-08

84

2008-09

91

Pashtu

2006-07

160

2007-08

188

2008-09

209

Urdu

2006-07

3

2007-08

6

2008-09

9

1 Figures for 2008-09 are to date as the training year is not yet complete.