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Prisoners: Foreigners

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1473-74W, on prisoners: foreigners, what provision has been made for interpreting services for foreign prisoners by the Prison Service in each of the last 12 months; and what the cost was of such services.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Over the last 12 months interpreting services have been provided on an ad hoc basis based on individual prisoner need, largely through a telephone interpreting service. As part of the development of a specific strategy to meet the needs of foreign national prisoners in custody, the service issued a tender earlier in the year to secure interpreting and translation services and two service providers have now been appointed.

Prison Service records do not currently provide a breakdown between translation and interpreting costs except for the costs of the telephone interpreting service.

The following table shows the costs in each of the last 12 months for telephone interpreting and other interpreting and translation costs (i.e. written translations and face to face interpreters).

Telephone interpreting Written translation and face to face interpreting Total
December 2006 70 70
January 2007 237 100 337
February 2007 44 711 755
March 2007 206 35 241
April 2007 36 36
May 2007 386 443 829
June 2007 522 522
July 2007 541 2,139 2,680
August 2007 140 53 193
September 2007 428 428
October 2007 279 50 329
November 2007 1,378 1,378
Total 2,297 5,501 7,798

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