British Sign Language

Westminster Hall debate


On Tuesday 17 October 2023, Chloe Smith MP led a Westminster Hall debate on the British Sign Language report 2022 and implementation of the British Sign Language Act 2022.

Summarising the debate, she said:

"The BSL Act 2022 was a major milestone for the Deaf community, recognising the language in law for the first time. 
"It also asked the government to report back on the promotion and facilitation of BSL in government communications, and gets the government to provide guidance for the better use of BSL, helped by an Advisory Board drawn from the Deaf community.  
 "This debate helped scrutinise what the government has done so far - there has been some progress but there's lots more to do.
"I called this debate because I want to see successful and strong progress, and Parliament should hold government to account for better services for our Deaf constituents."
Chloe Smith MP

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