Translation Services

Justice written question – answered on 23rd October 2013.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on interpreters and translation services in each month from January 2012 to August 2013.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The previous system for booking interpreters was flawed and did not provide value for money. Over the first year of the contract with Capita Translation and Interpretation (starting January 2012) the Department has saved over £16 million in the provision of interpretation and translation services.

The following tables set out the monthly spend through the Capita contract; during this period courts and tribunals have also been using off contract. During the early months of the contract, off contract bookings were more prevalent—this has decreased significantly as Capita’s transition has completed (and therefore spend with Capita has increased). Spend information on off contract bookings is not centrally available.

The months of October and November 2012 were billed as a single combined invoice, as are January and February.

2012
  Spend (£)
February 110,419.53
March 439,935.19
April 642,027.36
May 693,325.92
June 798,555.15
July 1,116,034.18
August 1,003,596.92
September 944,674.26
October and November 1,851,512.76
December 913,748.54
Total 8,513,829.77
2013
  Spend (£)
January and February 2,136,114.31
March 1,983,158.84
April 854,604.74
May 1,186,488.94
June 1,325.215.13
July 1,440,246.26
August 1,407,432.33
Total 10,333,260.55

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