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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent on translation services by his Department, its predecessors, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08 to date. (187989)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of machinery of government changes in June 2007. Information on this type of expenditure is therefore only available for the years 2003-04 to 2005-06 at disproportionate cost. To date in 2007-08 the Department has spent £10,865.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what documents his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English. (187990)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate many of their documents and other media devices into various languages so as to provide widespread communication of information where there is an identified need. The majority of translated documentation is available in Welsh, in accordance with requirements under the Welsh Language Act, with the remaining translated into languages which include: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese where deemed appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable.

Documents available to aid innovation currently available translated into Welsh are:

Patents Application Guide

Trade Mark Application

Form 1—Request for Patent

TM3—Trade Mark Application Form

DF2A—Application to Register One or More Designs

FS2—Fee Sheet

There are documents to provide information and guidance for those seeking support for university. Many are available in Welsh with the following translated into various languages:

Parent’s Guide to Higher Education—Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu

How to get Financial Help as a Student—Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu

Get the Facts about Student Finance in England—Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.

Documents and media are available in different languages to help people to build upon their skills. These include:

Learning to Read and Write at Home and at School—Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Somali, Turkish and Urdu

Video Mathematics at Home and at School—Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish and Urdu