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Interpreters

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that there is an adequate number of qualified interpreters available in criminal proceedings. (109831)

The Office for Criminal Justice Reform plans shortly to issue a comprehensive revision of the 2002 National Agreement on Arrangements for the Attendance of Interpreters in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System. We aim to follow this up for the longer term with cross-agency work to address issues connected with the supply of interpreters.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use was made by each constabulary of (a) interpreters registered on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) and (b) non-NRPSI interpreters in each of the last five years. (109832)

This information is not available centrally. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is looking at improving data collection and monitoring of interpreter usage as part of ongoing work to improve the supply of qualified interpreters.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by police forces in England on interpreters in each of the last five years. (106418)

[holding answer 5 December 2006]: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.