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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language. (205178)

During 2007-08, the following amounts were spent by the Northern Ireland Office, its Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies on translation and interpretation services, broken down by language.

Language

Cost (£)

Sign Language

20,066.35

French

21,592.38

Polish

263,900.45

Cantonese

14,739.32

Portuguese

63,045.53

Lithuanian

238,146.92

Slovakian

43,615.12

Latvian

34,139.36

Braille

380.94

Irish

1,341.58

Mandarin

50,381.39

Ulster Scots

432.74

Cypriot

1,956.39

Czech

11,437.05

Flemish

583.72

German

9,459.61

Romanian

45,207.86

Spanish

16,141.22

Swedish

1,185.25

Thai

3,023.72

Turkish

4,223.32

Bengali

7,694.36

Chinese

69.00

Farsi

1,265.02

Greek

16.50

Hindi

776.82

Hungarian

19,347.49

Russian

86,380.86

Ukrainian

514.96

Vietnamese

366.00

Arabic

15,707.17

Estonian

816.61

Bulgarian

5,864.89

Bengali

3,643.28

Tetum

4,344.54

Urdu

1,940.96

Italian

1,858.17

Georgian

1,064.66

Albanian

2,251.17

Tagalog

876.21

Dutch

354.45

Serbian

184.50

Punjabi

184.28

Malayalam

1,658.88

Afghan Pashto

254.30

Telephone Interpreting for Police Service NI (45 various languages, mainly ethnic minority)

64,919.00

Police Service NI, Translations (breakdown of various languages not available)

177,619.00

Others (mainly ethnic minority)

2,252.75

Total

1,247,226.05