(64)  Welsh language rights

On 20 July 1999 the Court of Appeal held that section 22 of the Welsh Language Act 1993, which provides for the use of the Welsh language "in any legal proceedings in Wales" had no application to an appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal sitting in London from a decision of an employment tribunal sitting in Wales (Times, 12 August 1999). Judge LJ expressed the hope that it would not be too long before the necessary administrative arrangements which would enable the EAT to sit regularly in Wales would be put in place. It has occasionally sat in Cardiff. In the case at issue, the employee, a Welsh- and English-speaking chef, claimed discrimination on racial grounds in that his employers had requested him to speak English, not Welsh.