Amongst the Bills which fell at the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament on 31 March 2003 because it had not been passed in time was Mike Russell’s Gaelic Language Bill (see No 204).  However, on 1 April it was reported by The Scotsman that, during a campaign visit to Stornoway, the First Minister, Jack McConnell, had pledged to introduce an Executive Gaelic Language Bill in the first year of the next session of the Parliament, aiming to have it passed before the 100th Royal National Mod in October.  This will give the language a secure legal status”.  The commitment also appears in the Scottish Labour Party manifesto