Welsh Language: Hearing Impairment

Wales Office written question – answered on 18th January 2016.

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Photo of Susan Elan Jones Susan Elan Jones Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will meet the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to discuss access to Welsh subtitling for learners and people with accessibility needs.

Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb The Secretary of State for Wales

I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, including on issues related to the Welsh language.

Ofcom places a quota on S4C to subtitle 53% of its output. The Television Access Services report for the first six months of 2015 published on 22 October 2015 states that S4C provided subtitles on 78% of required programmes against its quota of 53%. The full report can be found here:

http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/market-data-research/market-data/tv-sector-data/tv-access-services-reports/tv-access-services-2015

The Ofcom code does not specify in which language the subtitles are provided and the number of programmes carrying subtitles in Welsh is a matter for S4C.

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