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Minority Languages And Culture

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the Government's attitude to the recently published European Commission report on minority languages and culture within the European Economic Community.

We are not aware that the European Commission has published such a report. The European Parliament's Committee on Youth, Culture, Education, Information and Sport has produced a report on a Community charter of regional languages and cultures and a charter of rights of ethnic minorities. This report contains a resolution which has recently been endorsed by the European Parliament as a whole. I understand that the resolution has been forwarded to the Governments and regional authorities of the member States and the Council of Europe. The Government will study the resolution with interest.