HC Deb 08 July 1983 vol 45 cc200-1W
Mr. Donald Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which of his Department's official leaflets or official forms are printed in (a) Welsh and (b) other languages.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

[pursuant to his reply, 1 July 1983, c. 165]: My Department's leaflets are occasionally translated into Welsh and distributed by the Welsh Office. Examples include advice on applying for home improvement grants, loft insulation grants and rate relief for disabled persons.

No leaflets are currently available in foreign languages, though we are considering whether to publish some housing leaflet in languages used by the main ehtnic minority groups in the United Kingdom.

My Department's forms are under regular review to improve, simplify and reduce their number wherever possible. Experience and demand has led to the production of a few forms in Welsh.

For use abroad, the Property Services Agency has approximately 70 forms in various foreign languages.

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