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Status of the Welsh language

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The Welsh language has official status in Wales.

This is set out in the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

The Measure does not affect the status of the English language in Wales.

What does official status mean?

Official status has a legal effect, and means that the Welsh language should not be treated less favourably than the English language in Wales.

Status of the Welsh language before the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

The status of the Welsh language in Wales before the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 can be seen in:

  • Government of Wales Act 2006, sections 35(1), 78(1) and (2) and 156(1), and paragraph 8(3) of Schedule 2
  • Welsh Language Act 1993, Part 2, and sections 22, 24, 25, 26, and 27(1) and (2)

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