§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy for responding to letters received in the(a) Scottish Gaelic, (b) Welsh, (c) Urdu, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese languages. 
§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
[holding answer 10 February 1998]: We respond to any letters received no matter in what language. We normally reply in English to letters dealt with in the UK and, where appropriate, in a local language to letters dealt with by our Posts overseas.