Scottish Languages Bill (BSL)

Closes 8 Mar 2024

Opened 22 Jan 2024

Overview

The Bill gives the Gaelic and Scots languages official status in Scotland and makes changes to the support for the Gaelic and Scots languages in Scotland. This includes changes in relation to Gaelic and Scots education.

More information about the Bill is available on the Scottish Parliament website at www.parliament.scot/scottish-languages-bill

Please note that the Bill does not include any reference to BSL as the language is covered by the separate British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015.

The Education, Children and Young People Committee would like to know your views on the Bill.

How to submit your views

You can submit your views by completing a BSL-accessible survey.

In the survey you can choose to write your answers in the text boxes, or you can send a BSL video with your response to ecyp.committee@parliament.scot.

When you answer the questions, please do not tell us anything that could identify anyone else. If this is not followed, the Committee may have to ask you to review your responses before they can be accepted.

If you are responding using a BSL video, please use a file transfer service and state clearly which question numbers you are referring to in your video.

If you send us a BSL video, we will translate it into written English. Only the translation will then be published on our website, not the original video, so your image will not be made public.

Your response will be published on the Scottish Parliament website in English, along with your name.

Please state in your video if you wish the written English translation of your response to be published and if you wish your name to be published. If you do not want your response to be published, or if you want it to be published without your name, please contact the Committee to discuss your options before making your submission.

You can answer as many questions as you like – you do not need to answer all of them.

If you have any questions about this call for views, please email info@parliament.scot or call 0800 092 7500. To contact through BSL, you can call the same number through the Contact Scotland BSL video relay service: contactscotland-bsl.org.

The call for views closes at 11.59pm on 8 March 2024.

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