When asked to respond by the BBC at the time he declined but the BBC report said:
Mr Lucas declined to be interviewed, but said that his "minuscule" allowance did not cover costs of translating reports.
Today I received a Parliamentary Update from Mr Lucas with the Welsh translation, "Diweddariad Seneddol" below the title.
Also included on the leaflet was the following note:
"If you would like a copy of this Update in Welsh, please contact me and I will be pleased to supply it"
Os hoffech gopi o'r diweddariad hwn yn Gymraeg cysylltwch a mi os gwelwch yn dda a byddaf yn falch o anfon un."
This leaflet was paid for from Mr Lucas's 'miniscule' Communications Allowance.
Now as all my friends know I am not one to gloat or to challenge someone's motivation for changing their mind but it does make one think whether Alun Ffred has quietely had a word with the Welsh MP's and told them to get their act in gear and to start providing an equal service to Welsh speakers. Or perhaps it could be that Mr Lucas is reaching out to those Welsh speakers who can make the world of difference at the next election, a swing of 15% away from Labour in Wrecsam is all it needs, and it happened in Norwich North!
Whatever the reason I am grateful that he has seen the light.