Parliamentary Correspondence

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 8 January 2003.

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Photo of Irene McGugan Irene McGugan Scottish National Party

Question S1W-32558

To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to point 7 of the action plan in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) language policy, whether it is now policy to respond to letters in the language in which they were written and, if so, whether there are any exceptions to doing so and under what circumstances any such exceptions occur.

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Question S1W-32559

To ask the Presiding Officer, with regard to point 7 of the action plan in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) language policy, why letters received by the SPCB in Scots have been replied to in English.

Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament welcomes correspondence in any language. The SPCB has decided that when it wishes to reply to correspondence it will normally reply in the language used by the correspondent. When the correspondent uses Scots, the SPCB policy is to reply in English, as this constitutes no barrier to communication and facilitates best use of resources.

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