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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on departmental translation services, how much was spent by her Department and its agencies on translation services into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08 to date. (197548)

The Department for Transport, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Highways Agency, and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, do not hold the data in an appropriate format to provide the breakdown requested. The required analysis to obtain the information would incur disproportionate cost, requiring recourse to all the original invoices for the years concerned.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency translated one document into Welsh in 2005, “Stay SAFE at the seaside”, at a cost of £329.

The Vehicle Certification Agency translates the Fuel Consumption booklet into Welsh at an annual cost of approximately £1,000.

As recorded in the answer of 12 March 2008, Official Report, column 442W, data are not available for the Driving Standards Agency for 2003-04 and 2004-05. The expenditure shown for 2005-08 (to end January 2008) is for translating forms and the Highway Code into Welsh.