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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many language translators are employed in each of her Department's executive agencies; and what the cost of translating services provided by such people was in the latest period for which information is available. (257155)

The Fire Service College engaged three part-time translators to work with staff delivering courses to Saudi Arabian students (during various periods between 5 January 2009 and 27 March 2009). Full costs have been recovered from the sales revenue.

The Planning Inspectorate procures translation services, and spend was £59,215 in 2007-08.

As a trading fund, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre would buy in and recharge if translation services were requested by its clients.

Some Ordnance Survey staff have second language skills which are used when expedient. Ordnance Survey contracts a commercial agency to provide the bulk of its language translation needs. In the twelve months to 31 January 2009, Ordnance Survey spent £20,055 on external language translations; predominantly in the translation of documentation and web-based information into Welsh in support of its commitment to the Welsh Language Act 1993.