• March 28, 2015


The Cornish Branch of the Celtic League is pursuing impact assessments relating to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities which was recently extended to Cornwall. This latest report from Michael Chappell Convenor CL Cornwall:

“The Kernow Branch has had a reply back from Cornwall Council which is below.

The Branch and partners it has shared the information with will now take time to consider each response and to take best advantage for the sake of Cornwall.

The Kernow Branch will send for more Impact Assessments in due course including from the Westminster departments, agencies and quangos which impact on the Duchy.

“Reference Number: IAR-101001976311

Response provided under: Freedom of Information Act


“Freedom of Information Act 2000 request – Cornish Minority Impact Assessment


a. Freedom of Information Act, 2000

b. Announcement by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP dd. 24 April 2014; Cornish granted minority status within the UK; Cornish granted minority status within the UK – Press releases – GOV.UK

c. Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities dd. 1 February 1995 Council of Europe – ETS no. 157 – Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

d. Letter by Stephen Williams MP Minister for Communities, Department for Communities and Local Government dd. 22 Jan 2015 confirming immediate inclusion of the Cornish people into the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Taking account of the above references and drawing your particular attention to the said Framework Convention and sections and articles contained within, we request and require Cornwall Council to provide or otherwise make available the minority impact assessment on the Cornish minority by the Council’s existent, ongoing and proposed development plans.”


Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request regarding the Cornwall Local Plan and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The Council operates within our Equality & Diversity Framework. An overview of this can be viewed on the Council’s web pages at:

This page provides a link to the actual framework which can be viewed at:
The Council’s guidance on Cornish National Minority Status can be viewed on our web site at:

This page provides a link to our most recent advice to government to secure recognition as a National Minority. This can be viewed at:


A Comprehensive Impact Assessment is carried out for all Council decisions. This is a process to ensure our decisions are transparent, free from discrimination and mitigate against risks. The guidance on this can be viewed on our web pages at:


The Comprehensive Impact Assessment for the Council’s decision to submit the Local Plan for Examination was first considered by the Portfolio Holder Advisory Committee 19 September. This can be viewed on the Councils web pages at:


Information provided by: Economy, Enterprise and Environment

Date of response: 18/03/15”

Details on the Convention which is a Council of Europe statutory instrument can be found at this link:


J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur)


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