WQ84658 (e) Wedi’i gyflwyno ar 02/03/2022

Pa gynlluniau sydd gan y Gweinidog i gyflwyno bil i: gydnabod Iaith Arwyddion Prydain fel un o ieithoedd Cymru; ei gwneud yn ofynnol i Lywodraeth Cymru adrodd ar hyrwyddo a hwyluso'r defnydd o Iaith Arwyddion Prydain gan adrannau Llywodraeth Cymru; ac, ei gwneud yn ofynnol i ganllawiau gael eu cyhoeddi mewn perthynas ag Iaith Arwyddion Prydain?

Wedi'i ateb gan Y Gweinidog Cyfiawnder Cymdeithasol | Wedi'i ateb ar 11/03/2022

Welsh Government already recognises British Sign Language (BSL) as a language of Wales as of 2004. The BSL Bill contains provisions to recognise BSL as a language in England, Wales and Scotland.

The BSL Bill, a Private Members bill was introduced by Rosie Copper MP in June last year. This has now this has been adopted by the UK Government with the Bill passing its second reading through the House of Commons. 

A consent motion for this legislation is being laid on 8 March 2022.

The British Deaf Association (BDA) were commissioned to undertake an audit of Welsh Government’s BSL policies and service provision with a view to signing up to their BSL Charter. The audit resulted in a Report providing high level recommendations. The BDA and officials are discussing the findings and will finalise the Report. Consideration of the need for specific Welsh legislation will form part of these discussions.