Deaf People: Interpreters

Home Department written question – answered on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that the national guidance laid down by his Department on language service professionals for deaf people in the criminal justice system results in access to the justice system for deaf people.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State, Home Office

The revised national agreement on the use of interpreters in the Criminal Justice System will give clear guidance on identifying the right mode of access and communication for a deaf person and on finding an appropriate language service professional. The text will be sent to all criminal justice agencies, and it is their responsibility to ensure that the guidance is implemented appropriately.

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