Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:15 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru 9:15 pm, 7th November 2016

Indeed. Education in Chubut is a wholly devolved matter in Argentina. The state legislature of Chubut has been very positive on these matters. It contributed to the opening of Ysgol yr Hendre 10 years ago, which I mentioned. It is now actively involved in the possibility of expanding the school at Gaiman. In other words, there is a good working relationship between the Government of Wales and the Government of Chubut. The central Argentine Government have been very supportive. Indeed, they have provided funds to safeguard all 16 of the Welsh chapels in Patagonia to ensure they all remain open, provided there is one service once a quarter in each of the chapels. In other words, whatever other dispute there may be—disputes do arise in Argentina on various matters—on this issue there is harmony that is well worth building on because of its interest not only in Argentina and to Wales, but to the United Kingdom in our relationship with Argentina.