Public Sector: Sign Language

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many British Sign Language interpreters are available to support hearing impaired people in using public services.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government does not collect information on numbers of British Sign Language interpreters.

The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCDP), the Association of Sign Language interpreters (ASLI) and the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) are the registration bodies for interpreters in England Wales and Scotland.

The British Deaf Association published numbers of British Sign Language Interpreters in October 2015 available at https://bda.org.uk/help-resources/

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