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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Punjabi speaking translators were available to (a) British and (b) coalition forces in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in 2004. (305846)

Punjabi was not identified as an operational language in 2004 and has not been identified as such subsequently. There is therefore no record of Punjabi speaking translators available to British forces in 2004 in Iraq or Afghanistan. The MOD does not hold information on the number of Punjabi speaking translators available to coalition forces in either country.