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Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal, in view of the official use of Esperanto by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation through the publication of educational brochures, if he will reconsider the policy of his Department that official use of Esperanto is not a practical possibility.

The Government see no reason to reconsider their view that whilst an agreed common language such as Esperanto would have many advantages in fostering mutual understanding, its official use is not a practical possibility.Esperanto is not recognised by UNESCO as an official language. To date only four documents have been published in an Esperanto version, in accordance with the 1954 UNESCO resolution to co-operate with the Universal Esperanto Association.