Departmental Translation Services

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government

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.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

holding answer 31 March 2008

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.

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08( 1)
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

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