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Welsh Language

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has as to the numbers and proportion of primary school pupils in each Welsh county who (a) speak Welsh as their first language, (b) speak Welsh fluently as their second language, (c) speak some Welsh and (d) speak very little or no Welsh at all.

The information is not collected centrally in the form requested. However, data in respect of primary school pupils, aged five and over, by home spoken language at September 1987 are as follows:drugs intelligence unit. We recently signed an agreement with the United States on co-operation in this field, and we expect to conclude further such agreements this year. We are also active in discussions in the Council of Europe and the United Nations towards more effective international co-operation.