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In 1993 a Welsh language Act was passed in Westminster. There were 3 key elements to the Act.

Equality - establishing the principle that the Welsh and English languages should be treated equally in the conduct of public business and the administration of justice in Wales
Service Provision - ensuring that public bodies who provide services in Wales prepare Language Schemes describing how they will provide Welsh services in accordance with guidelines issued by the Welsh Language Commissioner.
Establishment of a statutory Language Board to oversee Language Schemes and to promote the Welsh language generally.


In 2011 a Welsh Language Measure was passed by the National Assembly of Wales with support from all four political parties. This measure:

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
establishes the principle that the Welsh language should be treated no less favourably than the English language
establishes a Welsh Language Tribunal
abolishes the Welsh Language Board


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