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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on translation services into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages by her Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08. (203871)

The Department’s expenditure by financial year on translation services is as follows:

Financial year

£

2003-04

114,191

2004-05

51,304

2005-06

61,319

2006-07

29,942

2007-08

61,329

Data to identify departmental expenditure on translation into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages are not held centrally and could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

The Department’s agencies have supplied the following information on their expenditure on translations services.

£

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Planning Inspectorate

93,047

96,082

64,152

67,890

59,215

Fire Service College

75

30

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The Fire Service College can supply data for financial year 2006-07 and 2007-08. It could provide previous years’ expenditure only at disproportionate cost. Detailed expenditure on translation into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

Ordnance Survey could identify spend on translation services only at disproportionate cost.

Records of the expenditure on translation by non-departmental public bodies are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.