24 May 2012
Courts: Translation Services
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice
(1) what meetings he has had with representatives of court interpreters on changes to funding of interpretation services;
(2) what meetings he has had with representatives of (a) ethnic minorities and (b) the police on changes to funding for court interpreters.
Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice; Reigate, Conservative)
The Secretary of State for Justice has not met with representative interpreter groups however the Ministry sought interpreters' views on the industry during a series of four road shows during late 2009; met various stakeholders in August and September 2010 and consulted key interested parties, including the police, on the proposed framework agreement as part of the procurement process and received a wide range of views in response. Now that the framework agreement has been implemented the Ministry continues to receive, consider and respond to correspondence from interested parties and groups.
In accordance with our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 the Department and Ministers had due regard to the public sector equality duty before making changes to interpretation services and published a full equality impact assessment. Following this, the Ministry has not received any requests for meetings with ethnic minority group.