Departmental Translation Services

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on translation and interpretation services in 2007-08, broken down by language.

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

In 2007-08 the Department for Work and Pensions spent £1.6 million on telephone interpreting services and £1.8 million on face to face interpreting services.

The Department's contracted spend on translation services in 2007-08 was £40,698, of which £31,535 was translating English into Welsh. No other information is held centrally to provide any further breakdown by language and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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