The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 29 October 2014. This member’s bill was introduced by Mark Griffin MSP. Its purpose is to promote the use of British Sign Language including making provision for the preparation and publication of a British Sign Language National Plan for Scotland and requiring certain public authorities to prepare and publish their own British Sign Language Plans in connection with the exercise of their functions. It also requires these plans to be reviewed and updated at specified times in the political cycle. This Bill briefing sets out the background to the Bill, highlights the main proposals in the Bill and looks at some of the key issues raised to date regarding the focus of this proposed legislation.
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Published: 15 January 2015
A BSL translation of the Executive Summary of this briefing has been produced: