Tuesday, 22 September 2015

PQs - 22 September 2015


Courts: Interpreters
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22 September 2015

Baroness Coussins Crossbench
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the Independent Review of Quality Arrangements under the MoJ Language ServicesFramework Agreement, published by Optimity Matrix in December 2014, what progress has been made in discussions with the National Register of Public Services Interpreters on the development of an independent regulatory framework.

Lord Faulks Conservative
This Government is committed to providing a standard of interpreter that meets the needs of those requiring support in the justice system.
Provision in interpretation and translation services across courts and tribunals is being explored in preparation for the end of the current contracts in October 2016. As part of this work, Ministry of Justice officials have met with representatives from a range of stakeholders, including the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.

Rights of Accused 
Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd September 2015
Baroness Coussins Crossbench
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the current United Kingdom law with the European Union Directives on the right to information in criminal proceedings, and on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings.
Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
The UK Government opted into these Directives, on 22 October 2010 and on 8 March 2010 respectively, and in transposing them into domestic law undertook careful analysis of the state of the existing law and whether any new measures were required to ensure compliance. As a result of this assessment, in England and Wales transposition included several new legislative measures, subsequently approved by Parliament, and the Devolved Administrations made similar arrangements. A full transposition table was provided to the European Commission as is normal practice. As with all Directives, the Government keeps compliance under review.

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