The Department's Welsh Language Scheme was endorsed by the Welsh Language Board on 30 August 2000 and formally came into force on 1 November 2000.
In accordance with the Welsh Language Act 1993, BIS's Scheme sets out commitments to ensure that the Welsh and English languages are treated on a basis of equality in BIS services to the public in Wales, wherever "appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable".
In accordance with the Scheme this section of BIS's website provides access to the full text of the Welsh Language Scheme:
and an introduction to BIS in Welsh: Description of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills:
The Department's Welsh Language Scheme sets out commitments that ensure that 'in the conduct of public business in Wales, it will treat the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality.' For example, there are a range of commitments for using Welsh in the Department's publicity and advertising campaigns. In addition, people attending public meetings arranged by BIS in Wales will be able to contribute in Welsh if they wish, and correspondence in Welsh will automatically receive a Welsh reply.
The Welsh Language Scheme includes a progressive timetable for implementation. It is expected that all published material falling within the terms of the Scheme will meet the needs of the Welsh speaking public within one year of the Board's endorsement of the Scheme. Material translated into Welsh and available in hard copy may be ordered using Reports & Publications section of this site.
If you have suggestions about this section, or the material that might be held on it in accordance with the Scheme, please contact:
Head of Information Rights Unit
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
66-74 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6SW
Fax: 020 7215 5713