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Welsh Language

Volume 114: debated on Monday 6 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of primary school children in each of the local education authority areas speak Welsh as their principal language.

The percentages of pupils, aged five and over, in maintained primary schools and whose principal language is Welsh are given in the table. The figures as at September 1985 exclude pupils who are fluent in Welsh but whose home language is not Welsh.

(2) what change there has been in the numbers of students enrolled in part-time and full-time advanced and non-advanced further education courses in Wales since 1979.

The information is given in the following tables:

Number of students enrolments outside the university sector
AdvancedNon-advanced
Part-time1Full-time2Part-time1Full-time2
1979–805,6447,49846,01716,190
1985–867,04812,19245,64520,225
Percentage change%+24·9+62·6-0·8+24·9
1Including evening only modes of attendance.
2Full-time, short full-time and sandwich modes of attendance.
Per cent.
Clwyd4·9
Dyfed20·6
Gwent0·1
Gwynedd41·4
Mid Glamorgan0·6
Powys5·7
South Glamorgan1·0
West Glamorgan2·7