Afghanistan: Interpreters

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many interpreters the UK evacuation team employed during Operation Pitting through WorldWide Language Resources in Afghanistan.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan interpreters employed through WorldWide Language Resources as part of the UK evacuation team during Operation Pitting have been relocated to the UK as of 29 March 2022.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

During Op PITTING, the Ministry of Defence contracted 16 interpreters, all of whom were employed by WorldWide Language Resources.

All interpreters used during Op PITTING were UK nationals. Once Op PITTING had been completed all interpreters returned home to the UK. No Afghan nationals were employed as interpreters as a part of the UK evacuation team during Op PITTING.

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