Rosie Cooper MP is delighted that the House of Commons will provide support to Members of Parliament who wish to learn British Sign Language.
This follows the widespread support across Parliament for Rosie’s British Sign Language Bill, which will recognise BSL as a language in England, Wales and Scotland and require government departments to outline the support they will offer to BSL users in society.
Rosie Cooper MP commented,
“As my Bill has progressed through Parliament many MPs have expressed their desire to learn BSL, to communicate with their constituents for whom this is a primary language.
“For many years Parliament has offered language training for MPs who wish to learn a spoken foreign language – but BSL has not previously been offered, despite estimates that there are some 150,000 people in this country for whom BSL is their first language!
“I am grateful for all the support my Bill has received so far, and I would encourage all my colleagues to consider even basic training to access this rich and historic language.”
Rosie Cooper MP’s British Sign Language Bill will receive its third and final reading in the House of Commons on Friday 18 March 2022.