House of Commons
TAKEN BEFORE THE
Home Affairs Committee
The Role of Private Sector Companies in Policing
Thursday 22 March 2012
Chief Constable Lynne Owens and Chief Constable Chris Sims
Chair: In respect of the Westland Midlands’ own outsourcing history, I think you outsourced the contracts for interpreters, saving £750,000 for the West Midlands. Is that right?
Chief Constable Sims: We do have a contract for interpreters, yes.
Chair: Yes, but you noticed the question raised by Gisela Stuart to the Prime Minister. Even though you have outsourced this contract, you know the concerns about Applied Language Solutions-
Chief Constable Sims: I do.
Chair: -that they don’t have the interpreters?
Chief Constable Sims: We are working very hard to get that service right, but once again-
Chair: So you noted that that was-
Chief Constable Sims: I am all over that issue, I know it.
Chief Constable Sims: But what we are not doing here is simply outsourcing.