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Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider the merits of giving financial or practical aid to the Jamaican Government to assist (a) its criminal justice system and (b) its provision for prisoners of Jamaican nationality deported from UK; and if he will make a statement. 
The development of the Jamaican criminal justice system is a matter of mutual importance to Jamaica and the UK. The Government continue to provide significant support to the criminal justice sector in Jamaica, including through their assistance to the Jamaica constabulary force, and are looking for ways to develop this further. We are hoping to provide further assistance to the reform of the justice sector which the Jamaican Government are pursuing. We are also discussing with
the Jamaican Government ways of co-operating more closely on the issue of rehabilitation of Jamaicans deported from the UK.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the employment of interpreters in the criminal courts in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Maria Eagle: The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost through the manual searching of individual court files. Her Majesty's Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.
Officials are actively working on these areas of legislation with a view to implementation, considering resource implications, undertaking pilot exercises, or examining other necessary procedures and practices.
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Maria Eagle: As of 30 September 2007 a total of 33 staff are recorded as working for our Crown court in Chelmsford. The following table details the grade and full or part-time status of directly employed staff, along with comparative data for each year since 31 March 1997.
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