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Interpreters: Deaf People

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department is consulting (a) deaf people and (b) language service professionals for deaf people in the review by the Office of Criminal Justice Reform of the national guidance laid down by his Department regarding all interpreters in the criminal justice system. (114914)

The Office for Criminal Justice Reform consulted representative bodies throughout its review of the National Guidance. Views of bodies representing deaf people and language services professionals were also sought on the draft guidance. The new agreement will reflect the input received from both groups.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaf detainees were bailed due to failure to find a suitably qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter or lipspeaker in the last period for which figures are provided. (114918)

The information requested is not held centrally; data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on police and court remands does not include information on the reasons for bail being granted or refused.