I understand that the Council hopes to submit two reports to my right hon. Friend fairly soon, one on road development and the other on forestry. A third report, dealing with the provision made for the arts in Wales, is also expected to be ready this year. These subjects were selected for examination by the Council, as indeed it has discretion to do.
It will not be possible to ask the Council to undertake any further studies, since the Council has handed over its economic and technical work to the new Welsh Economic Council. It is now being considered whether another advisory council may be necessary to take over the Council's cultural work. In that sense I am afraid that I must say "No" to my hon. Friend's suggestion.
I am sure that all the relevant factors which might contribute towards a solution of the problem of road communications are being studied by the Council, but I will look into the specific point which my hon. Friend has raised.
Has the Council for Wales been asked to consider industrial relations, especially with regard to the use of the Welsh language in industry and particularly with regard to the recent incident in Blaenau Festiniog? Has it been asked to report on that matter? Will it be asked to consider the position in the future?
The completion of its present studies will bring to an end the Council's distinguished work over many years. Its work in the economic field will be taken over by the new Welsh Economic Council and when I have studied the report which the Council for Wales will be making on the provision for the arts in Wales, I shall consider what body would be appropriate to carry on the work in this field.
As the Council obviously, therefore, will be dissolved in due course, will my right hon. Friend consider an all-Wales body which would be more representative than the Welsh Economic Council?
Some of us will regret that the Council is coming to the end of its time. In view of the great work which it has done and the good advice which it has given to a number of Ministers and Governments over the years, could we take this opportunity of placing on record our good thanks and gratitude for what it has done?