§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written statement of 18 March 2003,Official Report column 41WS, on British Sign Language, what the discrete programme of initiatives to promote British Sign Language will consist of. 
§ Annabelle Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the statement on British Sign Language, 18 March 2003,Official Report column 41WS, what initiatives are planned to support this statement. 
§ Maria Eagle
We have said that we will be working with organisations of and for deaf people to progress the programme of initiatives to support the statement, and will be inviting their input on some of the detail. Among our priorities are to raise awareness, particularly among employers and service providers, of the communication needs of deaf people who use BSL and to increase opportunities for people to learn BSL to a professional level and become interpreters.