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Overwhelming response to BSL bill

19 November 2012

Mark Griffin MSP is incredibly grateful to the high number of people who have taken the time to respond to his proposed British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill.

At the close of the consultation - extended by a week – on Friday 9 November, 1,192 responses were received. The number is considerably higher than the traditional number of responses to Members Bills, which averages around 40.

Public sector organisations, deaf groups and hundreds of individuals, from across Scotland and beyond made their views known and their comments will now be analysed as the Bill progresses to the next stage.

Mark said:

“I am absolutely delighted by the overwhelming number of people who have had their say on the Bill’s proposals.

“My proposed Bill seeks to increase awareness of BSL throughout Scottish society and would go some of the way to breaking down the barriers facing Scotland’s Deaf population on a daily basis.

“I would like to thank everyone for their contributions. We will now take some time to collate all of the responses we received, listen to what people have said and prepare to take the Bill to the next stage.”

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