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Translation Services

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. (113891)

Any document for which an operational need for translation arises, within the Department and any of its executive agencies, may be translated. A central record is not maintained historically.

Expenditure depends on patterns of language usage, and its variable demand in any period. No collated expenditure figure for all parts of the Department is maintained.