HC Deb 16 February 1970 vol 796 c10
15. Mr. E. Hudson Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has now had with the Registrar-General about the possibility of making provision on census forms for obtaining information about the number of people born in Wales, but living outside Wales, who are Welsh-speaking; and what was the outcome of such discussions.

Mr. George Thomas

The possibility has been carefully considered by the Registrar-General; but I understand that he has concluded that it would not be practicable.

Mr. Davies

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people in Wales will view his Answer as being very unsatisfactory in view of the usefulness of information about Welsh-speaking people in England, particularly in assessing the potential audience for television programmes in the Welsh language which, as my right hon. Friend knows, are transmitted in England?

Mr. Thomas

It would be interesting to have the information to which my hon. Friend refers, but to add further questions to those in the 13 million census forms which will go out on this matter is not justified.