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Languages: EU Action

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable he has set for publication of the United Kingdom's Fourth Periodical Report on the implementation of policies under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. (280310)

The UK's Fourth Periodical Report is due to be submitted to the Council of Europe for publication in May 2012.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar on 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 37W, on European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, for what reason the UK's third periodical report on the implementation of policies under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was not published on 1 July 2008. (280348)

The submission of the UK's Third Report on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was delayed as the Northern Ireland Executive was not in a position to issue its input in relation to matters that had been devolved to the Executive.