Welsh Language

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1992.

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Photo of Mr Wyn Roberts Mr Wyn Roberts , Conwy 12:00 am, 17th February 1992

I am, of course, grateful to the local authorities for their assistance and support for the Welsh language, and I do not think for a moment that my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington, South (Mr. Butler) or anyone in this House is seeking to make a political football out of the Welsh language.

With regard to teachers' pay, I am sure that the hon. Member for Rhondda (Mr. Rogers) is as delighted as I am that the teachers have been given an increase of 7·8 per cent. He will also be delighted that the local authorities' standard spending assessments were increased by 8·1 per cent. by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the Government have given £3·5 million additional money to local authorities in Wales so that they can meet the necessary increase and give the teachers their well-deserved rise.