Petition: Call on Government to set up its own translation/interpreting commisioning department
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Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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Oct 10, 2011

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/18797

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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Parliamentary debate Oct 11, 2011

Not exactly a packed house, but it's here.

http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=9067

Starts at 22:14 (i.e. very much towards the end)


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Debate transcript Oct 11, 2011

is available here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2011-10-10a.154.0&s=interpretation#g158.0


... There is lots of evidence to suggest that where unqualified interpreters have been used there have been delays in police and court action, resulting in additional costs. I have been handed pages and pages of examples of unqualified interpreters being sent to police stations and courts by agencies, or interpreters proficient in the wrong language. One example that made it into Private Eye was ALS providing a Czech-speaking interpreter for a Slovak-speaking suspect. ALS’s explanation was that

“it is fair to say that most people from Slovakia essentially speak Czech.”

Is this really the sort of organisation that we want in charge of ensuring that justice is done?


Some related links:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/law/article3185193.ece
http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Cour...story.html
http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/cumbri...rPath=news
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a..._1_3676543
http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/unite-c...terpreting
http://www.free-press-release.com/news-c...35491.html

This issue is fundamental to the future of professional interpreting in the UK, and is expected to affect other EU countries very strongly.

Best,
Attila

[Edited at 2011-10-11 11:06 GMT]


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
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Unite union get in on it Oct 12, 2011

http://www.unitetheunion.org/sectors/community_youth_workers/unite_and_your_organisation/national_union_of_professional/speak_up_speak_out_campaign.aspx

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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Ptition for non-UK residents Oct 13, 2011



Rad's petition can be signed only by UK residents. Here is one that can be signed by others, too:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/uk-tribunals_2011/signatures .

Best,
Attila


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