§ Mr. Denzil Davies
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what, at the latest available date, was the proportion of people who said that they could speak Welsh in each of the counties of Wales. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Denzil Davies, dated 20 December 1999:As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on the proportion of people who said they could speak Welsh in Wales.432WThe percentage of persons aged three and over speaking Welsh, extracted from the 1991 Census County Reports, for each of the former counties of Wales are:
Counties Percentage Clwyd 18.2 Dyfed 43.7 Gwent 2.4 Gwynned 61.0 Mid Glamorgan (Morgannwg Ganol) 8.5 Powys 20.2 South Glamorgan (De Morgannwg) 6.5 West Glamorgan (Gorllewin Morgannwg) 15.0
Copies of the 1991 Census County Reports are held in the House of Commons Library