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Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

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PART 10WELSH MINISTERS' WELSH LANGUAGE STRATEGY

148Welsh Ministers to prepare an action plan

(1)Section 78 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 is amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (8), insert—

(9)For each financial year, the Welsh Ministers must publish a plan setting out how they will implement the proposals set out in the Welsh language strategy during that year.

(10)The plan must be published as soon as reasonably practicable before the commencement of the financial year to which it relates.

149The Welsh Language Partnership Council

(1)The Welsh Ministers must establish and maintain a body to be known as the Welsh Language Partnership Council (referred to in this section as “the Partnership Council”).

(2)The Partnership Council is to consist of—

(a)the Welsh Minister with responsibility for the Welsh language (who is to chair the Partnership Council), and

(b)members appointed by the Welsh Ministers from among—

(i)the Welsh Ministers,

(ii)the Deputy Welsh Ministers,

(iii)persons who appear to the Welsh Ministers to have experience of matters relating to the Welsh language, and

(iv)persons who appear to the Welsh Ministers to have experience relevant to any of the matters listed in subsection (6).

(3)The Welsh Ministers must, in exercising their power to appoint members of the Partnership Council under subsection (2)(b)(iii) and (iv), have regard to the fact that it is desirable for the Partnership Council’s membership to reflect the varying extent to which the Welsh language is used by those living in Wales.

(4)The Partnership Council’s procedure is to be regulated by standing orders, to be made by the Welsh Ministers following consultation with the Partnership Council.

(5)The standing orders may make provision about who is to chair the Partnership Council in the absence of the Welsh Minister with responsibility for the Welsh language.

(6)The Partnership Council may—

(a)give advice or make representations to the Welsh Ministers in relation to the Welsh language strategy adopted under section 78 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (including the plan setting out how the Welsh Ministers will implement the proposals set out in the strategy), and

(b)do anything it considers appropriate for the purposes of giving that advice or making those representations.

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