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Departmental Interpreters

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Pashto and (b) Dari interpreters are employed by his Department. (321153)

No professional Pashto or Dari interpreters are currently employed by the Department. However, military personnel who have been trained to higher levels of proficiency in Pashto and Dari are available. Although not at the level of a professional interpreter, they are able to provide trusted translation and some consecutive interpreting capability.

When professional interpreting services are required, external provision is sought by the customer area from commercial agencies.