HC Deb 08 March 1911 vol 22 c1354W

asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that the English Board of Agriculture have undertaken not to send to Wales an inspector ignorant of the Welsh language; that a knowledge of Welsh is required for postmasters in Wales; and whether he will see that in the Irish-speaking district of county Galway, especially in Connemara, only school inspectors will be appointed who have a knowledge of the Irish language?


I am not aware that any such undertaking has been given by the English Board of Agriculture. There is no rule on the subject as regards postmasters in Wales, but it is the practice to select only a candidate who knows the language where such is necessary. I cannot promise that only those inspectors who know Irish will be employed in Connemara.