§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what is his policy for responding to letters received in the(a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese language. 
§ Mr. Hoon
The Lord Chancellor's Department does not have a written policy for responding to letters received in languages other than English and Welsh, other than that every effort should be made to respond to them. In cases where letters are written in Welsh, the practice of the Lord Chancellor's Department is to respond in Welsh to the same standards as if the reply was in English.