26 Apr 2011
Justice: Interpreting and Translation Services
House of Lords
Baroness Thomas of Winchester (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the framework agreement for the provision of language services to the justice sector with the European Union Directive on the right for interpreting and translation in criminal proceedings.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, following the implementation of the framework agreement for the provision of language services to the justice sector, only those on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters will be used in court.
Lord McNally (Minister of State, Justice; Liberal Democrat)
We are currently seeking the views of interested parties on our proposals. Their views will help inform Ministers' forthcoming decision whether or not to let a framework agreement. We are satisfied that our proposals meet the requirements of the EU directive.
Maintaining appropriate quality standards is fundamental to our proposals. The proposed requirements for face to face interpretation of foreign languages would include, but would not be limited to, membership of the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.