§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to grant official recognition to British Sign Language. 
§ Ms Hodge
I have received many representations on this issue and have met disability organisations to discuss the best way forward. The UK ratified the Council of Europe's Charter for Regional or Minority Languages on 27 March and will be appointing the UK representative to the Charter's Committee of Experts. The Committee of Experts will be able to consider whether indigenous sign languages should come within the terms of the Charter.