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Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011

Government Proposed Measure – Introduced by Alun Ffred Jones AM, Minister for Heritage

About the Proposed Measure  

The Proposed Welsh Language (Wales) Measure is intended to modernise the existing legal framework largely governed by the Welsh Language Act 1993 regarding the use of the Welsh language in the delivery of public services.

Current Stage

Following agreement by the National Assembly of the text of the proposed Measure, it received Royal Approval on 9 February 2011. The proposed Measure is now a Measure of the National Assembly (a Welsh law).

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Measure’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011



  • Proposed Measure introduced

  • Stage 1 - Committee consideration of general principles*

  • Stage 1 - Debate in plenary on general principles

  • Stage 2 - Committee consideration of amendments *

  • Stage 3 - Plenary consideration of amendments

  • Stage 4 - Passing of the Measure in Plenary

  • Date of Royal Approval

* undertaken by Legislation Committee No.2

Related Information

On this page you can find further information about this Measure, including Committee correspondence, news items and Business Committee papers.


Proposed Measure and Explanatory Memorandum

  • Stage 1

Consideration and agreement of the general principles of the Measure:

Public Consultation

The Committee has issued a call for evidence on the Proposed Welsh Language (Wales) Measure, which has now closed:'

Legislation Committee No. 2 reported on the general principles of the proposed Measure on 22 July 2010

Plenary Stage 1 debate
The Assembly agreed to the general principles of the Measure after the Stage 1 debate in plenary on 21 September 2010

  • Stage 2

Detailed consideration of the Measure and any amendments tabled by a committee of Assembly Members: Stage 2 commenced on 22 September 2010 and concluded on 21 October 2010. Details of tabled amendments are available at:
  • Stage 3

Detailed consideration in Plenary of the Measure and any selected amendments:

Stage 3 commenced on 22 October 2010 and concluded on 7 December 2010. Details of tabled amendments are available at:

  • Stage 4

Passing the final text of the Measure:

The Measure was passed by the Assembly on 7 December 2010.

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