The Welsh Language Act 1993 gives effect (so far as both appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable) to the principle that (in the conduct of public business and the administration of justice in Wales) the English and Welsh languages should be treated ‘on the basis of equality’.
- Establishes the principle that, in conducting public business and administrating justice in Wales, that the Welsh language and English language should be treated on the basis that they are equal, and creating body called the Welsh Language Board.
The Welsh Language Board was created by the Act to promote and facilitate the Welsh language. The Board was able to prepare and approve Welsh Language Schemes.
The Board was abolished on 31 March 2012.
A number of the Act’s powers were transferred to the Welsh Language Commissioner.
- Establishes a Welsh language scheme procedure
Language schemes are documents which have been prepared by organizations to explain how they go about treating Welsh and English equally in their work.
- Explains how to use Welsh in legal cases
and gives powers to give Welsh names to statutory bodies etc, and powers to give Welsh language forms.
Parts of the Welsh Language Act 1993 are still in force. A link to the act is on the right.