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House of Commons Hansard
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Magistrates' Courts: Welsh Language
26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department has spent on translating summonses into Welsh in each month since January 2009; and if he will make a statement; [301483]

(2) how many requests there have been for summonses to be translated into Welsh in each month since January 2009; and if he will make a statement.

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From 9 December 2008 to 13 September 2009, HMCS operated a national process for manual translation of documents into Welsh. This was the period between completion of Libra IT rollout across all magistrates' courts, and the release of the bilingual version of the system. During this time documents were manually translated upon request, within one working day.

Since 13 September, bilingual documents have been produced automatically from Libra where customers indicate a Welsh language preference.

From January 2009 to September 2009, HMCS spent a total of £2,605 on manual translation of summonses into Welsh. The following table gives a breakdown per month.

Cost of translation of Libra documents into Welsh (from January to September 2009)

Month

Cost (£)

January 2009

410.00

February 2009

365.00

March 2009

620.00

April 2009

270.00

May 2009

170.00

June 2009

305.00

July 2009

240.00

August 2009

150.00

September 2009

75.00

Total

2,605.00

Number of requests

Number

January 2009

19

February 2009

38

March 2009

42

April 2009

33

May 2009

36

June 2009

58

July 2009

44

August 2009

38

September 2009

26

Total

334