Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

Published 19/08/2022   |   Last Updated 06/09/2022   |   Reading Time minutes

Member in charge: Alun Ffred Jones AM - Minister for Heritage

Date of introduction: 4 March 2010

Date of Royal Approval: 9 February 2011

This Measure is intended to modernise the existing legal framework largely governed by the Welsh Language Act 1993 regarding the use of the Welsh language in the delivery of public services. The Measure:
Includes provisions about the official status of the Welsh language;

  • Establishes the office of Welsh Language Commissioner, which will replace the Welsh Language Board;
  • Allows for the development of “standards” covering the integration of the Welsh language in the development and delivery of services to the public by a range of organisations and which will, over time, replace Welsh language schemes;
  • Gives the Commissioner the power to investigate complaints from Welsh speakers who believe that their freedom to use Welsh with one another has been interfered with; and
  • Creates a Welsh Language Tribunal that can hear appeals against the Commissioner’s decisions, both regarding the detail of standards or outcome of investigations.

Measure as Introduced - 4 March 2010

Explanatory Memorandum at Introduction

On 9 February 2010, the Business Committee agreed, in accordance with standing orders, to refer the proposed Measure to Legislation Committee No. 2, to consider and report on the general principles.

Stage 1 consideration by the Legislation Committee No 2

Stage 1 report on the proposed Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011- 22 July 2010

Stage 2 Consideration by the Legislation Committee No 2

Stage 3 & Stage 4 Consideration was in Plenary on 7 December 2010

Measure as enacted (legislation.gov.uk)


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