Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on Information Leaflets on 11th February 1986.
Mr. Irving Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what priority he is giving to translating his Department’s information leaflets and claim forms into the Welsh, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujurati, Hindi and Urdu languages respectively; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Major A selection of DHSS information leaflets and claim forms is produced in Welsh by the Department’s Wales and South Western Region in response to local requirements. Also in April 1985 the Department introduced “Which Benefit”, a comprehensive leaflet on social security benefit, in the Bengali, Chinese, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu languages. Departmental evaluation of these projects is still in progress.