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Has the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 been updated or is it due to be updated? Does it only apply to public bodies?

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Produced in partnership with David Gardner of No 5 Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 21/01/2019

The following Public Law Q&A produced in partnership with David Gardner of No 5 Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Has the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 been updated or is it due to be updated? Does it only apply to public bodies?

Has the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 been updated or is it due to be updated? Does it only apply to public bodies?

This Q&A considers the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (WL(W)M 2011). In particular, it considers the question of to whom the Welsh language standards imposed by the WL(W)M 2011 apply and whether there have been or will be any significant updates to the WL(W)M 2011.

Provision for the Welsh language in Wales is made principally by two statutes―the Welsh Language Act 1993 (WLA 1993) and the WL(W)M 2011.

The WL(W)M 2011 is split into 11 parts. The key operative parts, broadly, have three discrete effects on the use of the Welsh Language in Wales (as well as including some miscellaneous matters):

  1. firstly, the WL(W)M 2011 confirms the Welsh language has official status in Wales (see WL(W)M 2011, Pt 1, s 1)

  2. secondly, the WL(W)M 2011 creates the Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner (the Commissioner) and sets out the duties of the Commissioner (see WL(W)M 2011, Pt 2, ss 2–24)

  3. thirdly, the WL(W)M 2011 makes provision for Welsh language standards (the standards) that must be adhered to by those required to adhere and sets out a compliance notice and enforcement regime, including a right of appeal to the Welsh Language Tribunal and, thereafter, the High Court (see WL(W)M 2011, Pts 4–7, ss 25–133)

The WL(W)M

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