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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what documents his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English. (187982)

In accordance with the Department’s “Race Equality Scheme 2007-08”, available at

http://www.berr.gov.uk/about/strategyobjectives/howwework/equalityschemes/page35704.html

BERR 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 or planned in other languages include employee rights information and leaflets on the digital television switchover.

A listing of BERR’s currently available publications can be found at:

http://www.berr.gov.uk/publications

Information on translation of documents by the Department’s agencies and non-departmental public bodies is held by the bodies themselves. It is not held centrally. I am asking agency chief executives to write direct to the hon. Member, and am arranging for a copy of the list of non-departmental public bodies to be placed in the Library of the House for the use of the hon. Member.