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Interpreters

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will centrally collate the amount NHS trusts in England and Wales spent on interpreters in the 2005-06 financial year; and if she will make a statement. (110057)

[holding answer 19 December 2006]: National health service bodies are not required to report their planned or actual spending on interpretation and translation services to the Department. When planning such services, NHS bodies should take due account of their legal duties, the composition of the communities they serve, and the needs and circumstances of their patients, service users and local populations.

The Government have established the independent Commission on Integration and Cohesion to look at Government policies and public services and to report in 2007. As part of its brief, the Commission will look at the provision of language services across Government. The Department will fully support the commission in its work.