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Immigration: Interpreters

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scale of fees was payable to interpreters by (a) the Immigration Service and (b) each other police force in respect of (i) illegal entry and (ii) criminal matters in each of the last five years; how much was paid for such services in each such year in each category; and what expenses are payable. (198519)

The following tables set out the scale of fees payable to and amounts paid for interpreters in respect of the Immigration Service and the Metropolitan police. Figures are not held centrally on other police force areas and such information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

(a) Immigration Service: Interpreters fees, 2003-04

Hourly rates (£)

Monday to Saturday

First hour

48

Then 0801 to 1800 hrs

16

Then 1801 to 0800 hrs

20

Sundays/bank holidays

72

First hour

32

Then

(b) Metropolitan Police: Interpreters fees

Hourly rates (£)

Monday to Saturday

Sunday/bank holidays

0800 to 2000 hrs

2000 to 0800 hrs

2003-04

31.50

47.25

63

2004-05

32.45

47.25

64.90

2005-06

33.42

50.13

66.84

2006-07

34.26

51.39

68.52

2007-08

1

1

1

1 As 2006-07.

(c) Immigration Service: Expenditure incurred

£

Home Office

UK Borders Agency

2003-04

113,499,482

2004-05

14,184,786

2005-06

9,814,901

2006-07

8,835,259

2007-08

7,158,204

1 Represents budget for interpreters services for Home Office, including Immigration Service.

(d) Metropolitan police: Expenditure incurred

£

Interpreting fees

Interpreting expenses

Interpreting total

Translation fees

Total costs language services

2003-04

6,787,041.61

186,597.36

6,973,638.97

501,255.47

7,474,894.44

2004-05

6,390,840.93

250,696.68

6,641,537.61

566,322.39

7,207,860.00

2005-06

8,502,502.62

228,039.56

8,730,542.18

592,037.56

9,322,579.74

2006-07

8,732,733.26

212,229.41

8,944,962.67

681,158.22

9,626,120.89

2007-08

9,269,764.11

225,496.82

9,495,260.93

476,002.14

9,971,263.07

(e) Expenses payable

Car

Parking costs

Public transport

Metropolitan police

1

1

1

UKBA

23.8p per mile

Actual costs or maximum of £13 in short stay parking

Actual fare based on tickets/receipts provided, most economical route taken and fare over £13.

1 Figures not available.