Costs incurred by the NIA for Translating documents and Interpretation Services

27 May 2009

How much money was spent by your organisation on the provision of all translation into languages other than English - including translating and publishing documents, as well as interpreting services (i.e. Money spent on interpreters for the purpose of translating English into other languages and vice versa and including sign language as well as braille), in the financial years 2003/4, 2006/07 and 2008/09?

Expenditure in relation to translation, publishing and interpreting services for the financial years 2003/04 and 2006/07 and 2008/09 is as follows:

Financial Year

Expenditure £

2003/04

nil

2006/07

£10,992.92

2008/09

£48,366.15

Did you engage with other authorities to share resources concerning the translation of documents in the financial year 2008/09?

No, the NI Assembly did not engage with other authorities to share resources.

For translated documents made available online during the financial year 2008/09, could you please provide a breakdown of how many times these were accessed?

The NI Assembly holds information on access of information via the website from 1 April. The figures below represent how many times each document has been viewed from 1 April to 15 May 2009.

English = 95
Irish = 45
Ulster Scots = 40
Polish = 47
Slovak = 31
Mandarin = 41
Cantonese = 46
Portuguese = 38
Lithuanian = 41
Russian = 40

What languages in 2008/2009 were translated?  Can you please submit this list in descending order from the most translated language down to the least.

An Assembly leaflet was translated into 9 different languages translated in the period 2008/09. Details of the quantity printed were as follows:

Language

Quantity Printed

Irish

3,000

Ulster-Scots

3,000

Polish

2,000

Slovak

2,000

Mandarin

2,000

Cantonese

2,000

Portuguese

2,000

Lithuanian

2,000

Russian

2,000

Interpreting services were provided by the Office of the Official Report (Hansard) in respect of Irish and Ulster Scots.  Irish was more predominant than Ulster Scots.

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