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Scottish Languages Bill

The Bill gives the Gaelic and Scots languages official status in Scotland and makes changes to the support for the Gaelic and Scots languages in Scotland. This includes changes in relation to Gaelic and Scots education.

Tha am Bile a’ toirt inbhe oifigeil do Ghàidhlig agus Scots ann an Alba agus a’ dèanamh atharrachaidhean air an taic a chuirear ris a’ Ghàidhlig agus Scots ann an Alba. Tha seo a’ gabhail a-steach atharrachaidhean mu fhoghlam Gàidhlig agus Scots.

The Bill gies the Gaelic and Scots leids official staunin in Scotland and maks chynges tae the uphaudin o the Gaelic and Scots leids in Scotland. This includes chynges in relation tae Gaelic and Scots education.

The Bill is at Stage 1



The Scottish Government introduces the Bill and accompanying documents to the Parliament which publishes the Bill.

The Bill was introduced on 29 November 2023

Bill as introduced

Financial resolution

The Presiding Officer has decided under Rule 9.12 of Standing Orders that a financial resolution is not required for this Bill.

Related information from the Scottish Government on the Bill

Explanatory Notes

Explanation of the Bill

Policy Memorandum

Why the Bill is being introduced

Translated versions of the Policy Memorandum are available at the bottom of this page.

Financial Memorandum

How much the Bill is likely to cost

Delegated Powers Memorandum

Information on the powers the Bill gives the Scottish Ministers and others to make “secondary legislation” (usually regulations) and to the Scottish Ministers (such as to make guidance).

Statements on Legislative Competence

Statements on whether the Bill is within the Parliament’s “legislative competence” (if the Parliament has the power to make the changes to the law proposed by the Bill).

Additional information from the Scottish Government at introduction

Keeling schedules

Illustration of proposed changes made to previous Acts by the Bill as introduced

Translated information from the Scottish Government

Gaelic translated information

Scots translated information

Scottish Parliament research on the Bill

Read the research done by the Scottish Parliament on specific parts of the Bill:

Scottish Languages Bill - research briefing (EN)
Bile nan Canan Albannach - Pàipear-ullachaidh (GA)
Scottish Leids Bill - Pàipear-ullachaidh (SC)