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Welsh Language Act 1993


The Act:

  1. establishes the principle that the Welsh and English languages should be treated on a basis of equality, in the conduct of public business in Wales
  2.  gives the right to speak Welsh in court

The Welsh Language Board was established by the Act to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language, and to make provisions for the preparation and approval of Welsh language schemes.

The Board was abolished on 31 March 2012.

Many of the Act’s powers have been transferred to the Welsh Language Commissioner.

There are other elements to the Act, i.e. it gives Ministers the power to give Welsh names to a statutory body, organization or place.

A link to the Act is available on the right.

Information about the requirements of the Welsh Language Act 1993 in different sectors is available by clicking on the sub-headings on the left.

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