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Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011


The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 received royal assent on 9 February 2011.

This Measure by the National Assembly for Wales:

  • gives the Welsh language official status in Wales
  • provides for a Welsh Language Partnership Council
  • establishes the role of the Welsh Language Commissioner
  • provides for an Advisory Panel to the Welsh Language Commissioner
  • makes provision for promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language
  • makes provision about standards relating to the Welsh language
  • establishes the principle that the Welsh language should be treated no less favourably than the English language
  • makes provision for the investigation of interference with the freedom to use the Welsh language
  • establishes a Welsh Language Tribunal
  • abolishes the Welsh Language Board

2011 Measure: public organizations and Crown bodies

Public organizations should read through the following sections:


How to comply with standards

Requiring organizations to comply with standards

2011 Measure: private companies and third sector organizations

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 establishes a framework to impose a duty on some private companies and third sector organizations to comply with standards, and gives the Commissioner the power to require a company or an organization to comply with a standard.

A list of the types of private companies and third sector organizations that come under the Measure is available in Schedules 6–8 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (link on the right).

Organizations that will be required to comply with a standard will receive a compliance notice from the Commissioner.

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