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Written - Announcement Of Consultation With 59 Bodies About Bringing Them Under The Scope Of The Welsh Language Act 1993

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Alun Pugh, Minister For Culture, Welsh Language And Sport
I am pleased to announce that the Assembly Government is currently consulting directly with 59 bodies with a view to their being specified as public bodies for the purposes of the Welsh Language Act 1993 by an Order under Section 6 (1) (o) of that Act. Letters were sent out to the bodies concerned at the beginning of March with a 30 day response deadline in line with previous exercises. The effect of a body being “specified” would be to enable the Welsh Language Board to notify that body to prepare a Welsh Language Scheme under the Act.

Any Order would be made post election in accordance with the new arrangements under the Government of Wales Act 2006. Subject to the responses received from the bodies we are consulting and final Ministerial decision, that Order is likely to be the largest ever in terms of the number of bodies specified.

I have said on a number of occasions that there is plenty of life in the current Welsh Language Act. The work we are doing in bringing a whole swathe of bodies under the scope of the Act for the first time amply demonstrates that point.

The bodies being consulted are listed below:
Auditor General for Wales
Bank of England
Big Lottery Fund
British Council
Commission for Equality and Human Rights
Community Development Foundation
Competition Commission
Consumer Council for Water
Council for Regulation of Healthcare Professionals (commonly known as the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence)
Electoral Commission
FFORWM
Finance Wales Cyllid Cymru
Gambling Commission
General Chiropractic Council
General Optical Council
General Osteopathic Council
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Local Government Data Unit
Milk Development Council
National Lottery Commission
National Policing Improvement Agency
NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
Ofcom
Olympic Delivery Authority
Pensions Regulator
Royal Mail Group plc
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Security Industry Authority
Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales
Sustainable Development Commission
The Carbon Trust
The Energy Saving Trust Limited
UK Sport
Welsh Books Council

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