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Departmental Manpower

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Welsh speakers his Department employs. (162900)

The information requested is not available in the format requested. My Department has adopted a Welsh Language Scheme approved by the Welsh Language Board on 13 July 2004 and is committed to treating the Welsh and English languages on a basis of equality when providing a service to the public in Wales.

We do not collect figures for the number of Welsh-speaking staff in the Department as a whole. Around 400 staff in Wales have voluntarily identified themselves as active Welsh speakers. This figure includes staff employed full-time in our specialist Welsh language units.