HC Deb 21 January 1987 vol 108 cc577-8W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Joint Education Committee about Welsh language education development; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

Following a series of discussions I have had with representatives of the WJEC in recent months, I am pleased to report that the WJEC has accepted my right hon. Friend's invitation to play a more active part in Welsh language education and has decided to appoint a Welsh Language Education Development Committee for this purpose.

The development committee will have a major role to play in helping to ensure that available resources are effectively used by promoting better co-ordination and sharing of information, and as a source of informed advice to both central and local government on policies and on priorities for future development.

The committee will include representatives from all sectors of the education service, including the University of Wales and the voluntary bodies. Its support costs are being met by the Welsh Office through the WJEC. Our officials are in close touch with WJEC officers on the administrative aspects, so that the committee can be enabled to commence its work without delay.

I greatly welcome the decision of the WJEC to enlarge its role in Welsh language education and I hope that all concerned will support the development committee in its important work.

Mr. Mark Robinson

There are no statutory requirements to appoint or co-opt persons with knowledge of disability in relation to the public bodies to which my right hon. Friend makes appointments.