HC Deb 15 February 1999 vol 325 c466W
Mrs. Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the progress of the European Language Initiative in compiling its Gaelic-English dictionary for the public sector; what organisations are involved in the process of compilation; to what extent the project will contribute to the development of Gaelic terminology for the Scottish Parliament; when he expects the project to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [69720]

Mr. Macdonald

[holding answer 10 February 1999]: The Scottish Office gave a grant of £10,000 in March 1998 to The European Language Initiative for the initial phase of development work on their Gaelic-English dictionary. The initial phase is now complete. Funding for the rest of the project is currently being sought. The project will be carried out in co-operation with a number of Gaelic organisations. It will be for the Scottish Parliament itself to decide the place of Gaelic in the proceedings of the Parliament.

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.