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Translation Services

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are translated; and what the cost was of producing such translations in each of the last five years, broken down by language of translation. (113878)

In accordance with the Department's ‘Race Equality Scheme 2006-2008’ DTI documents may be made available in languages for people in the UK who do not speak English to support appropriate access to information, at the Department's discretion and subject to demand. Examples of documents published in other languages include employee rights and fireworks safety information.

From the information available centrally, languages and costs of such translations include:

Costs (£)

Language

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-071

Bengali

230.00

400.00

2450.00

Gujarati

4760.00

400.00

2

Hindi

4760.00

400.00

2

Lithuanian

218.75

—-

Punjabi

230.00

400.00

2

Urdu

230.00

400.00

2

Turkish

70.00

288.75

109.00

Vietnamese

380.00

Arabic

3

3

3

3

2162.67

Chinese

3

3

3

3

2132.67

1 To end December.

2 Includes costs for other language versions as indicated.

3 Information on costs not available separately.

Other languages, into which some documents have been translated, include Greek, Polish and Portuguese. For other languages, as for Arabic and Chinese prior to the current year, it has not been possible to identify separately, from the information available centrally, the costs of such translation work from work carried out in support of DTI business and UK Trade and Investment overseas activities, without incurring disproportionate costs.

We also produce employment RTS leaflets to migrant workers in their own language, predominantly Polish and Portuguese.

I have asked each of the agency chief executives to reply direct to the hon. Member and place copies in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided. (113879)

Policy on, and examples of, services for which translations may be considered are set out in section 3 of the Department's ‘Race Equality Scheme 2006-2008’, which is available on the DTI website.

I have asked agency chief executives to reply direct to the hon. Member and place copies in the Library of the House.