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Welsh Language (Passports)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 19 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the principle of equal validity for the Welsh language will be extended to passports; and upon what date he will introduce a fully bilingual passport form for people living in Wales.

No. The extension of the principle would not he in accordance with international practice on passports and, because of the extremely small demand, the production of bilingual versions of the 21 different passport forms and leaflets in use would involve a disproportionate expenditure of public funds.

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many official forms are produced by the Passport Office; and how many of them are available in bilingual form in Wales.

The pasport Office produces 21 different application forms and leaflets relating to United Kingdom passports; none is available in bilingual form.