Ministers repeatedly warned court interpreters' contract failing and trials would collapse as a result - Andy Slaughter

6 February 2013

Andy Slaughter

Andy Slaughter MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, commenting on today’s damning Justice Select Committee Report into the Ministry of Justice’s interpreting and translation services, said:

"Conservative Ministers have been repeatedly warned by Labour and others that this contract was failing and that trials would collapse as a result. So far, they've been in total denial about the extent of the failure, but this report shows that their shocking incompetence has led to miscarriages of justice in our courts. 

“Claims that the Ministry of Justice has failed to fully co-operate with the inquiry are very serious, throwing into doubt ministerial statements on the success of the contract. We therefore don’t know whether this contract really has delivered anywhere near the savings claimed by Ministers. Given the level of failures, this Tory-led Government should take their first right decision on court interpreters and abandon the contract with ALS/Capita immediately."