Background on BSL (Scotland) Bill

Mark GriffinMark Griffin MSP - Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), lodged a draft proposal on 27th July 2012 for a Bill to promote the use of British Sign Language (BSL) by requiring the Scottish Ministers and relevant public authorities to prepare and publish BSL plans.

Mr Griffin launched the consultation on the BSL (Scotland) Bill on Monday 30th July 2012 and it ran until the extended date of 7th November 2012. The consultations was available in BSL - see video clips on Mark Griffin's YouTube

At the close of the consultation, 1,192 responses were received. The number is considerably higher than the traditional number of responses to Members Bills, which averages around 40.

On 17th July 2013, one third of Scotland's 129 MSPs signed up to give the bill their support. With 43 MSPs supporting the bill, this far exceeds the requirement for 18 members to back a bill for it to pass to a parliamentary committee. The BSL bill was then assigned to a committee by the parliament's Presiding Officer.

The British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Parliament on 29th October 2014 by Mark Griffin MSP. 

Please see more information on Scottish Parliament's website.

Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee has so far passed three stages of BSL (Scotland) Bill. Please see below for "BSL Scotland Bill Hub" which has regular updates and information in BSL by BDA Scotland team.


BSL Scotland Bill / Act Hub

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