That is a pity - but I wonder how accurate the stats are? I recall one so called poll of Welsh speakers and it was lower than the real figure because of migration.
The other thing that occurs to me, the number of Books and other litrature in Gaelic, what is to become of that? Indeed Books in Cwmraig, Welsh, are so numerous that is would be unthinkable to allow it to further reduce.
Wondering also why cannot the numbers be calculated over the entire British Isles thus to include all the Islands and the Gaelteachts in
Ireland as well.