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Courts: Interpreters

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many interpreters in (a) Lithuanian, (b) Czech, (c) Polish, (d) Bulgarian, (e) Estonian, (f) Arabic, (g) Hungarian, (h) Romanian and (i) Slovakian were employed (i) full and (ii) part time in the criminal courts or doing associated work in (A) the Greater London area and (B) England and Wales in each of the last five years; (160301)

(2) what the annual cost was of (a) full and (b) part time interpreters in criminal cases or associated work in (i) the Greater London area and (ii) England and Wales in each of the last five years;

(3) which four languages required the most interpreters in courts in (a) the Greater London area and (b) England and Wales in the last five years for which figures are available;

(4) how many (a) full and (b) part time interpreters were employed for court work or associated matters in (i) the Greater London area and (ii) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost through the manual searching of individual court files. Her Majesty’s Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.