Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Welsh is a Living Language - Accept it!

Language LCO: Get on with it! Plaid AM calls to ditch Welsh Grand discussion on LCO
06 October 2009

Plaid Cymru AM Leanne Wood has called for the Welsh Language LCO to finally be passed by Westminster after the Welsh government revealed the final content of the formal bid for powers over the Welsh Language.

Ms Wood labelled the upcoming debate in the Welsh Grand Committee in Westminster as “pointless”, saying that it should be cancelled so that Westminster can finally pass the powers to Wales.

The One Wales Government today announced that agreement had finally been reached with the Wales Office in Westminster over the content of the LCO – and that it will enable the government to deliver all of its One Wales language policies.

The Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales Central sat on the National Assembly Legislation Committee on the LCO.

Plaid AM Leanne Wood said:

“The cross party committee on this LCO called for all powers on the Welsh language to be brought home to Wales and I’m disappointed that its not possible for that to happen right now. However, it is clear that we can deliver the policies agreed upon in One Wales with the powers this LCO asks for.

“This process has now been ongoing for the past 2 years, and the last thing the language needs now is more needless delays. Holding a pointless discussion in the Welsh Grand Committee can achieve nothing except delaying positive legislation even further – it should simply be cancelled.

“Both an Assembly committee and a Westminster committee have looked at this issue at length and had their say. We must now get on with it, and let the Welsh Government legislate as soon as possible.”

Menna Machreth, chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, said: “The Wales Office and Welsh Assembly Government have decided to block the people of Wales from gaining access to the Welsh language. What difference will this measure do to the day-to-day lives of people in Wales? The Wales Office and Assembly Government prefer to please large corporations and anti-Welsh elements within the Labour Party instead of making a real difference to the Welsh language’s status in Wales.”

See this:

1 comment:

Ian Titherington said...

Well said Leanne.

Didn't we vote for devolution in 97and not just another branch of Westminster?