The Welsh Language Commissioner has presented three further standards reports to Welsh Ministers. These reports set out her conclusions and reasons for recommending Welsh language standards regulations be drafted for gas and electricity companies and organisations providing associated services.
In reaching her conclusions, the Commissioner considered evidence gathered from the organisations, the public and her advisory panel in standards investigations. Between 14 July and 6 October 2016, 22 gas companies, 25 electricity companies, three related services organisations, 20 individuals and one society representing members submitted evidence. This evidence formed the basis of the Commissioner's standards reports.
Presenting the reports, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, said:
"Imposing duties on gas and electricity companies to deliver services in Welsh will do much to ensure that we have more rights to use the language in our daily lives, and live our lives through the medium of Welsh.”
Welsh Ministers must have due regard to these standards reports as they decide how to draft standards regulations for the organisations in question.