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Official Languages

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:

  • recruitment;
  • language skills;
  • language planning;
  • Assembly proceedings;
  • developing the bilingual ethos of the organisation.

Annual report

An annual report is published that outlines the ways in which the Assembly has realised its aspirations under 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.

Official Languages Scheme: Annual report 2017-18 (pdf: 2.1MB)

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)

Annual reports during the Fourth Assembly

These are the annual reports on the Official Languages Scheme during the Fourth Assembly.

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.


Memorandum of Understanding between the Assembly Commission and the Welsh Language Commissioner

Memorandum of Understanding (pdf: 1.99MB)


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