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Prisons: Interpreters

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent in each prison on translation and interpretation services in the last year for which figures are available in the prison estate; and if he will make a statement. (168948)

This information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost as it would involve collating the data from 142 prisons individually. Each of the 142 prisons would have to analyse the cost of interpreters or translators which is not kept in a discrete accounting code. Serving prisoners may also volunteer to act as interpreters or translators.