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Welsh Language

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give the amount of Government financial assistance for the Welsh language in both cash and real terms since 1979; and what was the proportion of this which has been educational expenditure.

[holding answer 23 February 1988]: The information is as follows:

Total Government support for the Welsh language under section 21 of the Education Act 1980 and section 26 of the Development of Rural Wales Act 1976
Cash terms (£ thousands)Real terms (£ thousands)1(Percentage age)
1979–80237412
1980–818931,310258
1981–821,6152,15849
1982–831,7662,20049
1983–842,0112,39451
1984–851,9872,26451
1985–862,4222,60554
1986–872,5282,63557
1987–882,8992,89960
1 Proportion of expenditure in respect of educational projects under section 21 of the Education Act 1980.
2 First year of grant.
The above does not include expenditure by other agencies, such as the Welsh Arts Council, not directly funded by my Department whose work involves activity related to the Welsh language, or the expenditure on S4C, which has increased as follows:

£ million
1982–8320
1983–8424
1984–8528
1985–8634
1986–8737
1987–8840