Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spent £21.3 million on translators in the last year alone.
The interpreters are used for suspected criminals, victims and crime witnesses.
A record £1.2 m was spent on providing bilingual staff on Albanian suspects.
Health watchdogs are calling for interpreters to be made a legal requirement for all healthcare settings after a survey exposed worrying gaps in the service.
Police are clamping down on interpreter fraud.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed it will not be reviewing thebigword’s court interpreting contract after the language services company announced a ‘partnership’ with a US private capital investment firm.
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