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star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Armed Forces more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 22 October (HL21, previously HL18069), what is the new policy relating to threats to and intimidation of interpreters in theatre in Afghanistan; and how it differs from the previous policy. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL383 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-31more like thismore than 2019-10-31
unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence has not previously placed a formal obligation upon contractors providing services in operational theatres to provide support to local employees who might face increased risk as a result of their association with the UK Armed Forces.</p><p>Under the new approach, the requirement for contractors to do so will be included within the Statements of Requirement for services where the Department has assessed that individuals recruited locally by the contractor could be at risk of being intimidated as a result of their association with UK Armed Forces such as the provision of interpreter support in countries including, but not limited to, Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence would expect that any contractor working in these locations would undertake a range of measures that would effectively mitigate threats to employees. The cost of any such measures would be included in the costs charged to the Ministry of Defence.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-10-31T13:48:42.137Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-31T13:48:42.137Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149926
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for International Development: Languages more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 30 October 2018 (HL10805), whether their review of language capability and skills throughout the Department for International Development's resourcing and employee lifecycles has been completed; whether they intend to publish that review; and if so, where. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL140 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The review of language capability and skills through our programme and employee lifecycles has not yet been completed. We are not currently planning to publish the review.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T16:05:50.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T16:05:50.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149928
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Department for International Development more like this
star this property answering dept id 20 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Development more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Development more like this
star this property hansard heading Burma: Rohingya more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding in the report by Translators Without Borders The Language Lesson: What we’ve learned about communicating with Rohingya Refugees, published in November 2018, that international aid workers have over-estimated the number of people who understand Rakhine and Burmese which has exacerbated the exclusion of Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such estimates on their co-funded project in Myanmar. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL141 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK supports the overall recommendations in the “The Language Lesson” report, which was co-funded by DFID. Since the report was published, access to reliable information has improved according to the latest GroundTruth Solutions survey with Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar. As a follow-up to the report, DFID has supported Translators Without Borders to undertake an innovative Myanmar/Bangladesh cross-border study to examine the Rohingya language in-depth and analyse how language barriers impact access to services and intercommunal relations in Rakhine State and Cox’s Bazar.</p><p> </p><p>DFID will consider with relevant implementing partners how the findings can inform future programme and policy development. DFID has funded Translators Without Borders to engage with humanitarian actors to raise understanding of the language barriers to address needs of Rohingya. This has included training of interpreters, field workers, surveyors and management staff, and the production and dissemination of a glossary of key humanitarian terms in Rohingya language.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Sugg more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T16:06:25.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T16:06:25.28Z
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4584
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Sugg more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149929
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star this property date less than 2019-10-16more like thismore than 2019-10-16
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading English Baccalaureate: Languages more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to drop their targets for the uptake of modern foreign languages as part of the English Baccalaureate; and if so, why. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL142 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Following the decision by the previous government in 2004 to make modern foreign languages non-compulsory at Key Stage 4, uptake at GCSE for languages decreased significantly.</p><p> </p><p>We want more pupils to study languages, which unlock huge opportunities in life. That is why we made languages compulsory at Key Stage 2, and included them as part of the English Baccalaureate set of subjects. Under the current government, the decline has reversed and the proportion of pupils taking languages has risen from 40% in 2010 to 47% in 2019.</p><p> </p><p>However, we know there is more to do. That is why we are investing millions of pounds in a range of programmes, including the MFL pedagogy pilot, a digi-mentoring scheme, and the Mandarin Excellence Programme. We will continue to listen to stakeholders and review other ways to improve take up of these important subjects, including but not limited to German.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL22 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:46:27.4Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:46:27.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149726
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Interpreters more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Earl Howe on 17 June (HL Deb, col 655), whether the Ministry of Defence review of security clearance procedures for Afghan interpreters who have been relocated to the United Kingdom has been completed; and, if so, what changes have been made to facilitate their employment by NATO. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL19 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The review of security clearance policy for interpreters deployed in support of military operations is ongoing and nearing its conclusion. In the interim, requests by interpreters for security clearances are being considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:17:54.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:17:54.297Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149727
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading thebigword more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when the contract with thebigword to provide interpreting and translation services in the criminal justice system will be reviewed. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL20 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Language Services contracts commenced on 31 October 2016, with thebigword appointed as providers of spoken face to face, telephone and video interpretation as well as translation and transcription services.</p><p> </p><p>The initial term of the contracts is four years with up to three one-year extensions available.</p><p> </p><p>The initial term of the contracts with thebigword is due to expire on 30th October 2020. The first option to extend for one-year has been agreed for translation and transcription services, and has also been approved for spoken face to face, telephone and video interpretation services.</p><p> </p><p>The future of the contract, including the possibility of further extensions, is currently being considered.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T15:27:36.873Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T15:27:36.873Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149728
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Afghanistan: Armed Forces more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when the contract with thebigword to provide interpreting and translation services to the United Kingdom armed forces in Afghanistan will be reviewed. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL21 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Joint Forces Command manages the current contract with The Big Word. However, this is being replaced with contract award expected in the first half of next year. Included in the Statement of Requirement - which bidders will quote against - is the new policy relating to threats and intimidation of interpreters in theatre.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T15:16:58.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:16:58.557Z
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4306
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
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3829
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149729
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading German Language: Secondary Education more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a German Excellence Programme, along the lines of the Mandarin Excellence Programme, to boost the take-up of German in state secondary schools. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL22 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Following the decision by the previous government in 2004 to make modern foreign languages non-compulsory at Key Stage 4, uptake at GCSE for languages decreased significantly.</p><p> </p><p>We want more pupils to study languages, which unlock huge opportunities in life. That is why we made languages compulsory at Key Stage 2, and included them as part of the English Baccalaureate set of subjects. Under the current government, the decline has reversed and the proportion of pupils taking languages has risen from 40% in 2010 to 47% in 2019.</p><p> </p><p>However, we know there is more to do. That is why we are investing millions of pounds in a range of programmes, including the MFL pedagogy pilot, a digi-mentoring scheme, and the Mandarin Excellence Programme. We will continue to listen to stakeholders and review other ways to improve take up of these important subjects, including but not limited to German.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL142 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:46:27.347Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:46:27.347Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this
1149730
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for International Trade more like this
star this property answering dept id 202 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Trade more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Trade more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for International Trade: Languages more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials with relevant foreign language skills are currently employed by the Department for International Trade to work on negotiating free trade agreements for the United Kingdom after Brexit. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL23 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
unstar this property answer text <p>Languages are an important element of this Department’s capability needs and the Department continues to encourage its civil servants in the development of their language skills. We draw on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s in-country diplomatic staff and their language expertise. We expect future Free Trade Agreements being considered at this time will be negotiated in English, including with the US, Australia and New Zealand. Where they are not, it is normal practice to make use of professional interpreters.</p><p>We currently have 33 posts which require language skills.</p><p>DIT also promotes opportunities for UK based staff posted overseas (non speaker slots) to learn the language of the country. If a DIT staff member is posted overseas as a non-speaker they can take optional beginners language courses. This extends to the spouse or partner. If they already have a basic level of competency in a foreign language they can also take development classes. These classes are provided through the FCO Diplomatic Academy Language School and easily accessible through DIT digital channels.</p>
star this property answering member printed The Earl of Courtown more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T13:21:18.45Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T13:21:18.45Z
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star this property label Biography information for The Earl of Courtown more like this
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1149731
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Civil Servants: Languages more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants from each department have taken language courses at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Language Centre over the past 12 months, and in which languages. more like this
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Baroness Coussins remove filter
star this property uin HL24 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
unstar this property answer text <p>​We do not hold data capturing the total number of officers who have participated in developmental language classes at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on an annual basis, but we can provide the number of officers per department, per language who have enrolled in classes this term (Autumn 2019). These overall numbers are similar for the previous two terms this year, although some officers have continued from one term to the next while others have left and been replaced.</p><p> </p><p>The information is captured in the table which is attached due to its size.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T16:21:47.357Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T16:21:47.357Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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star this property file name HL24 Coussins - ATTACHMENT.docx more like this
star this property title HL 24 Table more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Coussins more like this