The Assembly aims to be a truly bilingual institution where Assembly Members, the public and staff can choose to work or communicate naturally in either or both of our official languages.
English and Welsh are official languages of the Assembly, and the Assembly Commission gives strong and ambitious leadership thorugh its delivery of bilingual services.
The Official Languages Scheme for the Fifth Assembly was formally adopted by the Assembly on 12 July 2017.
As well as outlining the service standards that we already deliver, the Scheme highlights five themes that we will be focusing on for the duration of the Fifth Assembly, namely:
- language skills;
- language planning;
- Assembly proceedings;
- developing the bilingual ethos of the organisation.
Previous Official Languages Scheme
The Official Languages Scheme for the Fourth Assembly was formally adopted by the Assembly in July 2013 and was based on the National Assembly for Wales (Official Languages) Act 2012.
The Official Languages Scheme (pdf: 2.13MB)
An annual report is compiled that outlines the Assembly’s compliance with the targets of the Scheme. It also notes any breaches of the Scheme. The report is submitted before the Assembly and is the subject of a Plenary debate.
Bilingual Skills Strategy
In April 2015, the Assembly Commission published its first Bilingual Skills Strategy. The strategy outlines what the Commission will do in order to provide outstanding parliamentary support in both official languages. It notes four areas for action: raising awareness; existing skill levels; language skills for delivering bilingual services; and learning Welsh or improving Welsh language skills.
The strategy is reviewed annually.