6 February 2015
Police: Translation Services
Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce translation and interpretation costs in police forces.
Michael Penning The Minister of State, Home Department
The provision of translation and interpretation services is an operational matter for the Chief Constable of each force in England and Wales. These services fall into one of the categories in which Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables have agreed to move to standardise specifications of their requirements and to aggregate buying power to improve the value for money they obtain.
Under this Government, collaborative procurement of goods and services has delivered £200 million in savings for the taxpayer.