HC Deb 03 March 2000 vol 345 c435W
Mr. Watts

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards the signature of the Council of Europe Charter on Regional and Minority Languages. [113411]

Mr. Robin Cook

I am pleased to announce that yesterday the UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe signed the Charter on behalf of the United Kingdom. We hope to ratify later this year, subject to the completion of requisite Parliamentary procedures.

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