Monday, 10 October 2011

Leech tables debate on outsourcing interpreters

Manchester Withington MP John Leech will this evening hold a debate in the House of Commons on the Ministry of Justice’s decision to outsource interpreters.

The adjournment debate entitled, “Outsourcing of interpretation services by the Ministry of Justice” will take at the end of parliamentary business this evening in the chamber.

The Ministry of Justice plans are intended to regulate the supply of Police and Court Public Service interpreters and provide high standard of interpreting services while making significant savings.

However there has been strong evidence to suggest that with outsourcing, the quality of interpreting goes down demonstrated recently with the decision to outsource interpreters in the police force.

In the UK there are currently around 2300 approved interpreters but only 1000 have agreed to work for Applied Language Solutions the existing outsourcing company.

John will also take the opportunity to point out the dangers that this decision could lead to including delays within the justice system and the potential of qualified interpreters not being readily available.

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