HC Deb 29 March 1928 vol 215 cc1322-3
12. Captain ARTHUR EVANS

(for Captain D'ARCY HALL) asked the President of the Board of Education whether he can now make any statement as to the attitude of his Department with reference to the recommendations contained in the Report of the Departmental Committee on the Welsh language, indicating in each case what effect is being given to them?


As my hon. and gallant Friend is probably aware, the majority of the Committee's recommendations are addressed to the Universities, the Central Welsh Board, the local authorities and the teachers, and these bodies have, I understand, been actively discussing the important questions raised. With regard to the recommendations addressed to my Department, I am receiving this week a deputation from the University of Wales to discuss the question raised in recommendation No. 5. As regards No. 3, I have arranged for one of His Majesty's Inspectors in Wales to be specially responsible for the supervision of Welsh teaching in all grades of schools and colleges under the Board, and, as regards No. 4, I hope that a pamphlet giving the Welsh words of command for use in physical exercises will be ready for issue shortly. I understand that local authorities in Wales are considering the probable effect of recommendation No. 6, together with other recommendations of the Committee, and I should prefer to await the expression of their views before making any further statement.


Would the Noble Lord give the House some samples from the pamphlet?


If my hon. Friend will reply in Gaelic, I might be able to do so.