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Wills (Welsh Language)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Attorney-General under what direction wills made out in Welsh do not appear in Probate except in English translations; why the original wills cannot so appear; and if he will direct that this should be done in future.

The practice to which the hon. Member refers, and which applies to all wills not written in English, is one of long standing. No useful purpose would be served by using the original will for probate, because it would not be intelligible to most of the staff in the Probate Registries. (A copy of the will in Welsh can always be obtained on application.) I cannot, therefore, recommend the change in the procedure which my hon. Friends suggests.