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Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

For the most recent period for which figures are available (a) nationally, and (b) for those police forces who contract out the provision of interpreting services to an agency, what proportion of interpreters used in police interviews held qualifications as interpreters; and what those qualifications were.[HL7812]

Information of this kind is not held centrally. The use of interpreters for police interviews is a matter for chief officers of police. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform is currently reviewing arrangements for the provision of interpreters within the criminal justice system.