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Translation Services

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court cases have been dismissed in each of the last five years as a result of the lack of translation services. (89456)

The information requested is not collected. Her Majesty’s Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what translation services are provided during court cases where some or all of those involved do not speak English. (89457)

Interpreting services at court are provided in accordance with article 6(3) of the European convention on human rights whereby anyone charged with a criminal offence is entitled to the free assistance of an interpreter if they cannot understand or speak the language used in court. Witnesses giving evidence for either the prosecution or defence are also provided with an interpreter if required. The national agreement on arrangements for the attendance of interpreters in investigations and proceedings within the criminal justice system governs interpreting and translation services and was reissued on 6 July 2006 as Home Office circular 17/2006.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions translation services were provided in courts in the most recent year for which records are available, broken down by (a) court and (b) language requiring translation. (89458)

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Her Majesty’s Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.