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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language. (205185)

The staff costs of the central MOD team that provides translation and interpreting services was £598,397 for financial year 2007-08. A breakdown of its work by language could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In addition to this amount, the following was spent on centrally contracted-out translation services during FY 2007-08 (by language):

£

Russian to English

5,325.00

Farsi to English

1,058.00

English to Russian

959.00

English to French

693.00

Czech to English

518.00

English to Welsh

372.00

English to Turkish

227.00

English to Chinese

167.50

English to Arabic

165.50

Somali to English

150.00

French to English

116.50

English to Dari

113.50

Arabic to English

90.00

English to Spanish

75.50

Italian to English

57.50

And the following was spent on centrally contracted-out interpreting services during FY 2007-08 (by language)

£

French

35,000.31

Nepalese

32,993.98

German

14,175.81

Fijian

9,341.28

Russian

6,124.81

Spanish

5,827.66

Japanese

4,414.83

Chinese

3,458.84

Malaysian

2,896.79

Italian

2,739.19

Turkish

2,499.05

Arabic

1,934.87

Ukrainian

1,466.84

Bulgarian

683.50

Total

123,557.76

Details of services procured outside of these central arrangements, including most translation/interpreting work in theatres of deployed operations, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.