NDM6560 Debate: The Welsh Language Commissioner’s Annual Report 2016-17
NDM6560 Julie James (Swansea West)
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
Acknowledges the Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report for 2016-17, which details the work undertaken by the Commissioner during the previous financial year.
The following amendments have been tabled:
Amendment 1 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
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Notes positive developments in Welsh-language use under the language standards system, which is managed by the Welsh Language Commissioner, only a year after they came into force, and which include:
a) that 76 per cent of Welsh speakers are of the opinion that public organisations' Welsh-language services are improving;
b) that 57 per cent of people believe that opportunities to use the Welsh language are increasing;
c) an increase from 50 per cent in 2015-16 to 96 per cent in 2016-17 in the number of telephone services where a language choice is offered as default; and
d) an increase from 32 per cent in 2015-16 to 45 per cent in 2016-17 in the number of councils that provide every page on their website in Welsh.
Amendment 2 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
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Calls on the Welsh Government to reconsider abolishing the role of Welsh Language Commissioner as outlined in the Welsh language Bill White Paper.
The Welsh Language Commissioner's Annual Report for 2016-17
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Government Business;
First published: 14/06/2021
Decision due: 14 Nov 2017 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd
Lead member: Julie James MS