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Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Government publications published by The Stationery Office are available in foreign languages; and what the cost was of such publications in the last year for which figures are available. (114231)

I have been asked to reply.

Many Government publications are made available in foreign languages, with individual decisions being made based on the likely audience for the publication. Although The Stationery Office, a private sector company, may be engaged in publishing the English language version, individual Departments will often arrange for translations to be produced and will make these available themselves. No central information is maintained and this information and the costs could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.