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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 how much was spent on translation services by his Department and its predecessor, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) in 2007-08 to date. (187981)

Expenditure by the Department through its centrally managed arrangements for translations services into and from English, is as follows:

Financial year

Expenditure (£)

2003-04

356,391

2004-05

353,735

2005-06

408,091

2006-07

446,661

2007-08 (to 22 February)

229,494

Information on expenditure 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 the non-departmental public bodies to be placed in the Library of the House for the use of the hon. Member.