§ Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether, in making appointments to higher executive posts under the Welsh Board of Health, he will ensure that the persons appointed are fully conversant with and able to read and write the Welsh language;
(2) whether, before appointing, on the recommendation of the Welsh Board of Health, three executive officers in the service of the board, at salaries ranging 1050W from £400 to £500, per annum, with bonus, he has inquired whether there are at present in the service of the board persons fully qualified for those posts and able to speak and write the Welsh language?
I fully realise the general value of a knowledge of the Welsh language for certain posts in the Welsh Board of Health, and it is my practice to give full consideration to this before approving recommendations for promotions to such posts. In the case of the recent promotions to the higher executive grade, full weight was given to these considerations.