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Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

Section 1 – Official status of the Welsh Language

8.This section makes provision about the official status of the Welsh language in Wales.

9.Subsection (1) states that the Welsh language has official status in Wales.

10.Subsection (2) provides that, without prejudice to the general principle of subsection (1), legal effect is given to the official status of the Welsh language by the enactments about: duties on bodies to use the Welsh language; the treatment of the Welsh language no less favourably than the English language; the validity of the use of the Welsh language; the promotion and facilitation of the use of the Welsh language; the freedom of persons wishing to use the Welsh language to do so with one another; the creation of the Welsh Language Commissioner and other matters relating to the Welsh language.

11.Subsection (3) refers to examples of the enactments which give legal effect to the official status of the Welsh language.

12.Subsection (4) states that the Measure does not affect the status of the English language in Wales.

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