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Scottish Language

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps have been taken by the Government to comply with the recommendations of the report of the Committee of Experts on the Charter for Minority and Regional Languages in respect of Scottish Gaelic and Scots. (162784)

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: Implementation of the Charter for Minority and Regional Languages falls, in the main, to the devolved administrations of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Scotland Office, along with DCMS and relevant stakeholders, including the BBC, are working to establish a dedicated Gaelic digital service to be launched next year. This new service will help meet the cultural, linguistic and educational needs of the Gaelic community and promote the benefits to the wider community.