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Departmental Translation Service

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on translation services in the justice system in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five years. (324421)

The Ministry of Justice was formed on 9 May 2007. Information is available for two complete financial years, 2007-08 and 2008-09. Data for 2009-10 will be available in summer when annual accounts have been prepared and audited.

Expenditure on translation services in Ribble Valley and Lancashire by the Department and its agencies.

There has been no expenditure recorded within Ribble Valley and Lancashire by HM Courts Service. Information for other parts of the Department is not recorded on a regional basis and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Expenditure on translation services in England by the Department and its agencies

HM Courts Service and the Tribunals Service are able to isolate expenditure in England which is as follows:




HM Courts Service (HMCS)1



Tribunals Service



1 This figures represents expenditure by Crown courts only as no central records are maintained that breakdown expenditure by magistrates courts.

Other parts of the Department do not maintain records in a way that would enable expenditure in England to be separately identified from expenditure in Wales or Scotland. Total expenditure is shown as follows and will include the cost of translating documents under the Welsh language scheme.




Ministry of Justice HQ



National Offenders Management Service—interpretation and translation1



Office of the Public Guardian2



1 This figure includes translation costs as well as interpretation costs. The amounts are not separately recorded and can be disaggregated only at disproportionate cost. Additionally, the NOMS figure excludes expenditure by the National Probation Service which is held locally by 42 probation boards and trusts who use separate and different accounting systems. Information could be determined only at disproportionate cost through examination of local records.

2 Figures for the Office of Public Guardian are an estimate of the translation component within a wider category of expenditure.

Interpretation and translation services are provided on the basis of need. Costs are kept to a minimum and, when translation and interpretation services are taken together across all territories served by the Ministry of Justice, expenditure has not risen in recent years.