Public Appointments

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1968.

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Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 2nd May 1968

I am not aware of any such discrimination. Appointments to public bodies in Wales for which I have responsibility are made on merit and the requirement of ability to speak Welsh arises only where the qualification is necessary for the proper performance of the duties concerned.

Information as to central and local government appointments calling for Welsh-speaking ability is not readily available and its collection would involve a disproportionate expenditure of time and money.