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Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 21 July 2009, Official Report, columns 1256-57W, on languages, whether more Dari and Pashto speakers will be required to accompany the recent troop surge. (307758)

I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Defence continually reviews language support to those forces deployed in Afghanistan, and there has been an increase in both Dari and Pashto speakers to support the recent troop surge.