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Politics & Parliament

John Law

Politics & Parliament

As with almost everything in life, Scots is an issue encountered in Politics and in Parliament – particularly the Scottish Parliament, which has responsibility for implementing the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages with respect to Scots.

Scots is often discussed, and sometimes even used, in the Scottish Parliament.

Parliamentary motions and questions relating to Scots can be found, organised by year, via the links in the menu on the left. Where the motion was debated in the Chamber, a link to the Official Report (and, where available, video) of the debate is included. 

You can also read about MSPs and MPs who have chosen to take their oaths in Scots, the Holyrood manifestos of the main political parties as they relate to Scots, and some significant policy developments. 

Between 2002 and 2014, the Scottish Parliament was also home to the Cross-Party Group on the Scots Language. Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations, and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject.