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Can Government save a language – Welsh Assembly Government seeks views on future of the language
The Welsh Assembly Government is currently seeking powers from Westminster in order to introduce new legislation, through an Assembly Measure, on the Welsh language. The Government is committed to ensuring that the Measure will confirm official status for both Welsh and English, would provide linguistic rights in the provision of services and would establish the post of Language Commissioner.
During the week, there will be lots of opportunities for members of the public to be part of the discussion. Visitors to the Assembly Government stand will be asked to complete a short postcard survey, and there are several events to kick-start discussions.
On Tuesday 4 August at 2pm in the Societies Pavilion, there will be an hour long Question and Answer session. Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones will be joined by a panel of guests including Meri Huws, Chair of the Welsh Language Board and Menna Machreth, Chair of the Welsh Language Society. The session will be chaired by Dylan Iorwerth, Editor and Director of Golwg.
Welsh Assembly Government officials will be also be holding surgeries on the Assembly Government stand on Monday 3rd (2 – 3pm), Wednesday 5th (1.30 – 2.30pm) and Friday 7th August (12pm – 1pm). The Heritage Minister will also take part in the surgery on Monday. The surgeries are an informal opportunity to discuss views on the current Welsh language strategy and have a say.
The Heritage Minister said:
“This is an important time for the future development of the language and it is essential that we engage in a discussion on the action that needs to be taken within Government and the wider community in order to develop an effective strategy. The Assembly Government wants to work to ensure that more people -young and old -can learn, speak and use the language in their day to day lives. After all, the language belongs to everyone in Wales, whether they speak it or not and we are taking action to make sure that we’re better equipped to achieve our goal of creating a truly bilingual Wales.”