Afghanistan: Interpreters

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safety in Afghanistan of Afghan interpreters who previously worked for the Government.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Government recognises the vital role local staff, including interpreters, played in operations in Afghanistan, and its debt of gratitude to them. As part of that, we have a permanent expert team based in Kabul to investigate claims from local staff who believe their safety is threatened as a result of their work with the UK. They assist with security advice, relocations to safe areas within Afghanistan and, where necessary, relocation to the UK.

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