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Police: Interpreters

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the Metropolitan Police Service's budget was spent on interpretation services for suspects in the most recent year for which figures are available. (125224)

The expenditure on interpretation services is a matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of interpreters' fees upon police resources; and if he will make a statement. (125628)

The information for all police forces in England and Wales is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The expenditure on interpreters is a matter for the chief officer of each constabulary.