Welsh Language Scrutiny

The Welsh Language Commissioner is responsible for:

  • promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language; 
  • working towards ensuring that the Welsh language is treated no less favourably than the English language by imposing duties on some organisations to comply with standards relating to the Welsh language;
  • conducting inquiries into matters relating to the Commissioner's functions; and
  • investigating interference with the individual’s freedom to use the Welsh language.


The Commissioner’s role and statutory powers are set out in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.


More information about the work of the Commissioner is available on Welsh Language Commissioner’s website.


The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee agreed to write to all committees asking them to consider their existing approach to scrutiny of the Welsh language as it relates to their remit and to seek views on how best the Welsh language can be mainstreamed into all aspects of the Assembly’s scrutiny work.


The Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister agreed to ask the First Minister about the Welsh Government’s role in protecting and enhancing the Welsh language.


Work of the Health and Social Care Committee

As a result of the Welsh Language Commissioner’s report, ‘My Language, My Health: Inquiry into the Welsh Language in Primary Care’, and the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s work, the Health and Social Care Committee agreed to invite the Commissioner to its meeting on 2 July 2014. The primary aims of the meeting were to:

  • hear the Commissioner’s views on the Welsh language provision within primary care;
  • undertake a general scrutiny session with the Commissioner.


Following the meeting the Health and Social Care Committee wrote to the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee (PDF, 189KB) in July 2014.

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First published: 30/04/2014




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