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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what documents his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English. (187986)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families—and, prior to this department’s establishment in June 2007, the Department for Education and Skills—spent the following on translation services:

£

(a)

2003-04

166,379

(b)

2004-05

130,664

(c)

2005-06

170,252

(d)

2006-07

89,705

(e)

2007-08

13,425

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The Department considers translating its documents according to their specific content, purpose and target audience. For example, it might consider offering translations for those communities who face high levels of social exclusion and are less likely to be fluent and literate in English.

The Department’s frameworks for translation services are accessed by some of its non-departmental bodies, but records of usage are not held centrally.