Date lodged: 6 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will provide information on accessing and engaging with the Parliament in Japanese.
Answered by: 20 December 2017
Liam McArthur MSP on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) has a language policy in response to the linguistic diversity that exists in Scotland, and this policy can be found on our website.
Our priority is to meet the needs of Scottish residents who require some form of language assistance in order to find out about or become involved in the work of the Parliament. Accordingly, a small budget is available to allow appropriate resources to be translated or interpreters engaged to ensure no Scottish resident is disadvantaged because of their communication needs.
To the knowledge of the Public Information office, there has never been a request for anything to be translated into Japanese from/for a resident of Scotland who could only engage with us in Japanese. If such a request was received, then some language assistance would be arranged. For instance, that may be an interpreter for an issue to be discussed or a letter to a constituent (rather than say a translation of one of our visitor leaflets).
We are very pleased to welcome visitors from Japan, including providing free tours of the Parliament.
While there are no plans to produce materials in Japanese, the development of our language policy is kept under review and all enquiries and feedback in relation to languages are taken into account in this context.