15 Mar 2012
Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury, Labour)
To ask the Attorney-General what estimate the Crown Prosecution Service has made of the extra costs it has incurred arising from the recent shortage of court interpreters.
Edward Garnier (Solicitor General; Harborough, Conservative)
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has no central records on the number or cost of court delays or adjournments which are caused by the late attendance or non-attendance of interpreters. In order to provide an estimate of additional costs incurred because of a shortage of interpreters, if any, extensive inquiries would need to be made in relation to each court list since the new interpreter contract was implemented on 1 February 2012 and this would incur disproportionate cost.