To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies on translation services from English into (a) Welsh and (b) other languages in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.
I have provided the availability and the range of options for translation services in DWP and the following table shows spend for the areas where details are available.
Please note, for the earlier years (2003-04, 2004-05) spend data are not fully available so I have provided all the relevant information available.
DWP provides a wide range of translation services including the translation of leaflets into a range of ethnic languages and all publications for DWP's customers must be available in Welsh. DWP also translates individual and ad hoc items such as letters and guidance for forms including back translating of all claim forms.
|Translating English to Welsh||24,973||30,885||20,766||50,759||31,535|
|Translating English to other languages||n/a||n/a||120,720||170,055||9,163|
|(1 )Recorded to date|