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Role of National Languages


In the Scottish Parliament, the working language is English. The Parliament supports the use of Gaelic and it also recognises Scots. Certain materials from the Parliament are available in Gaelic, but all legislation is in English. In practice, it is rare for MSPs to use any language other than English in the Parliament.


In the Welsh Assembly, the official languages are English and Welsh. All documents and materials are available in both languages. While some AMs only speak English, others use primarily Welsh or both English and Welsh in the Assembly. It is normal for a parliamentary debate to include interventions in both languages. As a result, simultaneous interpretation services are provided by the Assembly for Members and the public.

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