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First ever parliamentary debate broadcast with sign language interpretation

MPs are debating a petition that calls for British Sign Language to be made part of the national curriculum.

The first ever parliamentary debate to be broadcast with simultaneous live interpretation in British Sign Language has started.

MPs are debating a petition that calls for British Sign Language to be made part of the national curriculum.

The petition has attracted more than 31,000 signatures and is the subject of a Westminster Hall debate led by Labour MP Liz Twist (Blaydon).

At the start of the debate a number of MPs highlighted The Silent Child, the Oscar-winning British short film which stars a six-year-old deaf girl.

In its response to the petition the Government said it had no plans to change the current national curriculum for schools.

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