§ 6. Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what are the requirements for the recognition of independent educational establishments teaching Welsh.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
The same requirements apply for the recognition of independent establishments teaching Welsh as for other independent schools.
§ Mr. Howells
I thank the hon. Gentleman for his reply, but is he aware that if we are to safeguard the future of the Welsh language and its culture we shall have to spend more money on bilingual education?
§ Mr. Kinnock
Does my hon. Friend consider that the maintenance of independent schools, with all that this means, is the same thing as or is necessarily helpful to the maintenance of the Welsh language by the necessary procedure of assisting the education of children through the Welsh medium? Is it not the case that the general attitude of the Government towards independent schools should be maintained regardless of linguistic considerations and that we are committed to provide education for children in their native tongue whatever their language?
§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the way to ensure effective education through the medium of Welsh is not by a proliferation of independent establishments but through the creation of alternative-choice establishments within the State sector? In view of this, will he undertake to study the possibility of extending facilities for the teaching of Welsh and for teaching through the medium of Welsh at secondary, college and university level?