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Debate on the Welsh language strategy 2012-17

The Education and Skills Minister stressed the Welsh government's vision for its new Welsh language strategy 'A living language: a language for living' on 13 March 2012.

Leading the debate Leighton Andrews AM explained that the strategy was working towards "encouraging and supporting the use of the Welsh language in families, increasing the provision of Welsh language activities for children and young people and strengthening the position of the Welsh language in the community".

Conservative AM Suzy Davies called on the government to clarify the level of involvement which voluntary, independent and private organisations will have in the delivery of the strategy.

Speaking on behalf of Plaid Cymru, Bethan Jenkins AM noted with concern that the number of communities where 70% of the population speak Welsh has greatly decreased according to the last census.

She also urged the government to establish a task and finish group to plan to increase the number of communities where Welsh is the main language.

Contributing to the debate, Eluned Parrott AM for the Liberal Democrats called on the Welsh government to identify how its targets to increase the number of pupils who learn through the medium of Welsh will be met.

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