§ Sir Wyn Roberts
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans the Government have to sign the Council for Europe charter on regional or minority languages. 
§ Mr. Hague
The Government have given thorough consideration to the merits of signing this charter. We believe that, in the United Kingdom's case, the Government are better placed to assess the needs of, and determine the level of support for, indigenous minority languages. For this reason, we have decided not to sign.