Courts: Interpreters:Written question - 120473

Q
(Leeds East)
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Ministry of Justice
Courts: Interpreters
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual value is of the private contract to provide interpreters to courts in England and Wales; and how much is spend on each region on that contract.
A
Answered by: Dr Phillip Lee
Answered on: 27 December 2017

The Ministry of Justice has two contracts which provide face to face interpreting services to courts and tribunals, Lot 1 (Face to Face, Telephone and Remote Foreign Language Interpreting) and Lot 3 (Face to Face and Remote Non-Spoken Language Interpreting). These contracts began on 31st October 2016 and make provision for the Ministry of Justice, her Agencies and Arm’s Length Bodies as well as other organisations such as the Crown Prosecution Service to procure these services.

The spend in the first year of these contracts (31st October 2016 – 31st October 2017) was as follows, with the spend relating to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service bookings broken down by region:

Lot 1

HMCTS Region

Spend

London

£11,569,011

Midlands

£4,646,429

National Business Centre

£416,330

North East

£2,331,041

North West

£2,171,464

Scotland

£439,775

South East

£3,369,445

South West

£896,494

Wales

£784,002

Total (HMCTS)

£26,623,993

Total (all commissioning bodies)

£27,978,803

Lot 3

HMCTS Region

Spend

London

£193,731

Midlands

£122,031

National Business Centre

£173,418

North East

£116,511

North West

£63,255

Scotland

£9,240

South East

£106,269

South West

£39,675

Wales

£31,160

West Midlands

£380

Total (HMCTS)

£855,671

Total (all commissioning bodies)

£1,135,167

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