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Ordnance Survey, Wales

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, whether, on the Ordnance Survey which is now revising the maps of some parts of Wales, there is any person competent to deal with the Welsh names and what are his qualifications; and, if not, will he see that such a person is appointed?

As the answer is somewhat long, I will with permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

There is no officer with special Welsh qualifications on the Ordnance Survey staff engaged on the revision of Ordnance Survey maps of Wales. It is, however, the practice to consult the variousLocal Authorities and ascertain from them the name of each object and the locally accepted spelling. In the case of natural features the local version is checked against the glossary prepared some years ago with the aid of leading Welsh-speaking authorities and checked in 1939 by the University Board of Celtic Studies at Cardiff. When the local version is at variance with the glossary a reference is made to the Board of Celtic Studies who were good enough to offer their assistance to the Department in this matter in 1939.