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Welsh Language

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that attendance allowance appeal tribunals in Wales may be held in English and Welsh. [89923]

Tribunals in Wales are normally heard in English. The tribunals service can arrange for tribunal hearings for all social security benefits, including attendance allowance, to be held in Welsh and where this is requested, will provide bilingual tribunal panel members and clerks at a venue closest to the appellant.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many attendance allowance appeal tribunal hearings in Wales were held in English and Welsh in each of the last three years. [89924]

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many attendance allowance appeal tribunal members in Wales speak English and Welsh. [89925]

There are 14 Welsh speaking tribunal panel members that are qualified to sit on attendance allowance tribunals.