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AMs agreed the transfer of functions from the Welsh Language Board to the National Assembly for Wales, as outlined in the Welsh language measure, on 27 March 2012.

Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews explained that both ministers and the new Welsh language commissioner, Meri Huws, will have the function of promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language from 1 April 2012.

Whilst she welcomed the measure, Conservative AM Suzy Davies raised concerns that some functions were being transferred to Welsh ministers as she warned that it would create a lack of clear independent status for the new Welsh commissioner.

Speaking on behalf of Plaid Cymru, Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM welcomed the transfer of responsibility as he acknowledged that promoting and regulating the use of the language had proved problematic to the Welsh language board as they did not have the resources to carry out both functions.

AMs also approved the legislative consent motion on the financial services bill.


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