Thursday, 3 June 2021

PQ: 3rd June 2021

Public Sector: Interpreters

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd June 2021.

Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that only remunerated, registered and regulated interpreters are used by the (a) courts and (b) other public services.

Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Ministry of Justice is committed to ensuring the justice system is supported by a suite of high- quality language service contracts, that meet the needs of all those that require them.

The Ministry commissions the services of suitably qualified language professionals through its contracted service providers, thebigword and Clarion Interpreting.

Language professionals provided by our contracted language service providers are sourced from the Ministry’s register. Only language professionals who meet the Ministry’s contractual requirements are included on the register, which is managed and audited by an independent language service provider, The Language Shop.

The contract has a clearly defined list of qualifications, skills, experience and vetting requirements language professionals must meet, which have been designed to meet the needs of the justice system.

The full details of the standards required for our Language Professionals is set out in our contracts, which can be found at the following link:

The Language Shop make regular and independent assessments of language professionals carrying out assignments via the Ministry’s language services contracts, to ensure they meet the requirements of the contract between the Ministry and the supplier.

The Ministry is only responsible for services used under the Ministry of Justice contract.

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