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House of Commons Hansard
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Departmental Translation Services
11 March 2010
Volume 507

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies incurred on translators in each year since 1998. [317982]

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The Department's expenditure on translation and interpretation services from 2003-04 to 2008-09, being the most recent period for which audited figures are available, is as follows:

£000

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Home Office, including UKBA

13,499

14,903

10,419

9,683

9,636

8,301

Identity and Passport Service

3

3

3

6

1260

1,177

Criminal Records Bureau

0

0

0

13

0

0

1The Identity and Passport Service introduced compulsory face-to-face interviews for first time applicants in 2007-08. The first compulsory interview making use of an interpreter took place on 11 May 2007.

The Home Office figures in the table, for the financial years 2004-05 to 2007-08, do not include those for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Office of Criminal Justice and Reform (OCJR), which transferred to Ministry of Justice on 1 April 2007: figures for NOMS and OCJR for 2003-04 could not be deducted from the Home Office total without incurring disproportionate cost.

Data prior to 2003-04 can only be extracted at disproportionate cost.