Rosie Cooper MP’s British Sign Language Bill is receiving its final Parliamentary debate in the House of Lords on Wednesday 27 April after its successful passage through the Commons. MPs across all parties gave the Bill unanimous support, allowing it to progress through to the House of Commons unobstructed.
The Bill recognises BSL as a language in its own right and requires the Government to produce guidance on promoting and protecting its use throughout public bodies.
After a successful first House of Lords debate in March, the debate on Wednesday will be the final opportunity for the Lords to scrutinise Bill.
If, as expected, the Bill continues to receive the unanimous support it has had so far, it will complete the legislative journey towards Royal Assent and the BSL Bill will be enshrined in Law.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“This really is the final hurdle for the British Sign Language Bill. MPs and Lords have shown such incredible support for this Bill, and that is a testament to the hard work of every Deaf campaigner that has tirelessly fought to get us to this point.
“This Bill will provide an invaluable platform for Deaf people to shape the Government’s approach to using BSL and hold them to account if they fail to follow their own guidance.
“If and when this Bill becomes Law, the door will be open for the Deaf community to keep pushing the Government to make the changes that are desperately needed!”