§ Mr. Gwynoro Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give any further indication of his policy as regards the use of place names on traffic signs.
§ Mr. John Morris
Only existing place names will be shown on directional signs. Most of these exist in a Welsh form only and there is no question of fabricating an English equivalent. The new Advisory Committee on Place Names will give advice on the correct form of existing place names in common use, whether in English or Welsh form or both. The power conferred on highway authorities by the Traffic Signs (Amendment) Regulations 1970 to erect certain local signs in a bilingual form with Welsh names first, if they wish, is not affected by my decision. These signs include directions to local facilities such as car parks, toilets, ancient monuments, defence establishments and airports, and the names of towns, villages and rivers.