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Increase In The Number Of Welsh Language Speakers

EDM number 1643 in 2017-19, proposed by Hywel Williams on 09/10/2018.

That this House welcomes the data published by the Office of National Statistics confirming that the number of Welsh speakers has risen to 874,700 from 726,600 in 2008; notes the Annual Population Survey asked 31,000 people about their ability to speak Welsh in 14,500 different households in the different council areas across Wales; further notes that the number of Welsh speakers for the population rose in every local authority except Flintshire and Torfaen; recognises that Gwynedd remains the area with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers; further recognises that the Welsh language is at the heart of Plaid Cymru's programme for government, with a pledge for unprecedented support to secure the future of the language; and calls on the UK and the Welsh Governments to encourage a greater use of Welsh and ensure that speakers have opportunities to use the language wherever they choose to do so.

This motion has been signed by a total of 15 MPs.

Hywel Williams09/10/2018ArfonPlaid CymruProposed
Liz Saville Roberts09/10/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Jonathan Edwards09/10/2018Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Ben Lake09/10/2018CeredigionPlaid CymruSeconded
Martyn Day10/10/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon10/10/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Patrick Grady11/10/2018Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Chris Stephens11/10/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown22/10/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law22/10/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins23/10/2018North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Douglas Chapman26/10/2018Dunfermline and West FifeScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry06/11/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Angus MacNeil19/11/2018Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Pete Wishart21/11/2018Perth and North PerthshireScottish National PartySigned

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