Departmental Translation Services

International Development written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

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

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) spent £146,090 on translation and interpretation services during 2007-08. The following table details the overall costs broken down by language.

Translation and interpretation services
Languages Cost (£)
Albanian 11,875
Arabic 2,812
Armenian 1,227
Bangla 341
Cambodian 25
English 21,614
French 30,605
Italian 231
Kinyarwand 559
Nepal 130
Portuguese 10,239
Romanian 210
Russian 2,977
Sign Language 17,262
Spanish 29,816
Urdu 11,648
Vietnamese 4,521
Total 146,090

Other translation or interpretational costs may have been incurred but cannot be separately identified; for example, where translation is a small component within a larger project.

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