§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied that the new arrangements for the Mental Health Act Commission, which involve dividing Wales between two English regions, will enable sufficient Welsh-speaking members to be available who are independent of the cases under consideration.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
Yes. As I told the hon. Member in my reply of 27 January 1983—[Vol. 35, c.511.]—we shall ensure that there will be at least one member appointed to each of the regional panels of the Mental Health Act Commission which will operate in Wales who will be proficient in the use of the Welsh language. Those 107W appointed who are actively engaged professionally in the care of mentally ill or mentally handicapped people in Wales will be on the panel serving the area of Wales other than that in which they are inolved in care.