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MSPs back Gaelic protection call

The teaching of Gaelic should be taken into account when councils are deciding if a school should close, a committee of MSPs has agreed.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan had tabled amendments to the Scottish government's Schools (Consultation) Bill seeking to protect the language.

The Scottish Parliament's education committee has approved the amendments.

The bill lays out new procedures that must be followed before schools close. It has still to get final approval.

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