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Transcription Services

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much 10 Downing Street spent on transcription services to each supplier in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10 to date; (305824)

(2) what transcripts have been provided for 10 Downing Street by Global Lingo since March 2009; what each transcript’s date of production was; and what the cost was to the public purse of each transcript;

(3) on what contractual basis Global Lingo provide transcription services to 10 Downing Street;

(4) what system was in place for the provision of transcripts of 10 Downing Street events before March 2009.

I have been asked to reply.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of Cabinet Office. Information relating to expenditure incurred on transcription services is not held centrally and therefore is available only at disproportionate cost.

The Cabinet Office does not have any contractual agreements with Global Lingo.