§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the Government's strategy to arrest the decline of the Welsh language.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
The Government provide and will continue to provide substantial support for the Welsh language. Discussions on this matter are proceeding between the Welsh Office and various national organisations. But the decline in the numbers speaking Welsh cannot be stopped by Governments. It can only be arrested by a conscious effort by those in Wales who wish the language to survive.