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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many language translators are employed in each of his 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. (257156)

Her Majesty’s Courts Service does employ one translator within the Welsh Language Unit. Where other services are required, they are secured as and when required. Individuals providing those services are not directly employed by the MOJ.

Translator costs for HMCS and National Offender Management Service (excluding HMPS and probation service) are detailed as follows.

Financial year 2007-08






Tribunals are unable to differentiate between the cost of translators and interpreters. The total cost of those services in 2007-08 was £6,058,000.

Information for Her Majesty’s Prison Service and the probation service is not held centrally and is available only at disproportionate cost.