SUBMISSION FROM SCOTS LANGUAGE SOCIETY – 18 APRIL 2008 Creative Scotland Bill Section 2 (1) 1. We are disappointed that ‘language’ is not specifically mentioned here as an inherent part of culture and the arts. Scotland has a rich heritage of indigenous languages – Scots, Scottish Gaelic and Scottish English – apart from more recent linguistic arrivals such as Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese and Polish. Subsection 1 b should perhaps be expanded thus: (i) talent, and (ii) excellence, in the arts and culture, including language, literature, music, drama and visual arts. Section 2 (2) 2. There is no explicit mention here of arts and culture within the educational system. Promotion of language and literature as part of an arts and culture programme within the school curriculum and as part of lifelong education could be given a tangible link here to bodies such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 3. Without language, there would be no culture; the understanding and use of the above mentioned languages should therefore be encouraged. 4. A further clause or clauses could cover (a) the promotion within education of arts and culture, including language, literature, music, drama and visual arts, and (b) the encouragement of opportunities to use Scots, Scottish Gaelic and Scottish English and other languages. Policy 5. We hope that the non-political expertise of the Scottish Arts Council will not be abandoned within Creative Scotland or diluted by an unnecessary proliferation of administrative staff. The SAC has been widely respected for its integrity of purpose, subject to the dictates of neither politics nor transient fashions. Funding 6. We are concerned that any broadening in Creative Scotland of the former role of the SAC does not entail a lack of viable support of projects, that an increase in activity will not mean a decrease in real funding.