HC Deb 05 March 1997 vol 291 cc667-8W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions his Office has had with(a) the Home Office and (b) the Welsh Language Board on the provision of bilingual forms for use by candidates and agents in elections; if the forms supplied to candidates and agents in Wales in the forthcoming general election will be bilingual; and if he will make a statement. [17892]

Mr. Hague

Electoral matters are the responsibility of the Home Office. The only prescribed form for use by candidates or their agents which acting returning officers are required to supply is the nomination paper which is available in a Welsh language version.

Candidates must also complete a consent to nomination, which is not supplied by the acting returning officer in a pre-printed form, and both the candidate and election agent must complete a declaration on election expenses, the form of which is prescribed but which is not currently available in a Welsh language version.

The Home Office proposes to review arrangements for the provision of all electoral forms following the general election. It will consider the use of the Welsh language in that review, consulting the Welsh Language Board as necessary.

Number of local authority employees per 1000 of population, June 19931
Counties1 Total employees per 1,000 of population Full-time employees per 1,000 of population2 Part-time employees per 1,000 of population2
Clwyd 34.8 17.4 17.5
South Glamorgan 35.2 18.2 16.9
West Glamorgan 37.9 22.0 15.9
Gwynedd 38.2 20.0 18.2
Mid Glamorgan 39.2 22.1 17.1
Gwent 40.1 19.2 20.9
Dyfed 41.0 21.7 19.3
Brecknock 6.3 5.5 0.7
Dinefwr 6.6 6.3 0.4
Monmouth 7.5 5.9 1.6
Taff Ely 7.5 6.3 1.2
South Pembrokeshire 7.6 6.9 0.6
Ynys Mon 7.8 6.5 1.3
Alyn and Deeside 8.0 6.8 1.2
Carmarthen 8.0 6.8 1.2
Vale of Glamorgan 8.3 6.4 1.8

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