Mr. LLEWELYN WILLIAMS
asked how many factory inspectors and sub-inspectors are engaged in Wales; how many of them, respectively, are conversant with Welsh; and whether, in accepting nominations for the examination of candidates for such posts, the Department pays any regard to the demand that such posts should in Wales be filled by persons acquainted with the Welsh tongue?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
Five inspectors and two inspectors' assistants are stationed in Wales, of whom four inspectors and one assistant speak Welsh. The superintending inspector of the division, which includes the chief industrial centres of Wales, also speaks Welsh. In the selection of candidates for nomination consideration is given to Welsh, and also in filling vacancies, in accordance with the provisions of Section 118, Sub-section 2, of the Act; but my hon. Friend will understand that no inspectors are appointed to the staff solely for service in Wales, and that there must be interchange on promotion with other parts of the country. If this were not so, the prospects of Welsh-speaking inspectors might be prejudiced.