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Departmental Translation Services

Volume 490: debated on Thursday 26 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many language translators are employed in each of his Department’s (a) executive agencies and (b) non-Ministerial departments; and what the cost of translating services provided by such people was in the latest period for which information is available. (257153)

This Department’s Executive agencies, Companies House and the Insolvency Service, do not employ language translators.

This Department’s non-ministerial departments are broken down as follows:

Office of Fair Trading spent £12,167 on translation services in 2007-08.

Postcomm, the postal services regulator, does not employ language translators, though as part of its duties under the Welsh Language Scheme it does maintain an arrangement with the Central Office of Information (COI) to provide translation services mainly in response to correspondence submitted in Welsh. These services are estimated to account for no more than £200 per year. In addition, in 2008, Postcomm published a Welsh language version of its annual report and the summary of its Post Office Network Report on its website at a total cost of around £3,500.

Export Credits Guarantee Department does not employ any language translators.