David Cameron has paid tribute to Tory former minister Lord Roberts of Conwy, who has died aged 83, calling him a "great Conservative".
The Prime Minister said Lord Roberts, who was a Welsh Office minister in the Thatcher and Major governments, "did so much for Wales".
Welsh Secretary David Jones said the peer, who as Wyn Roberts was MP for Conwy from 1970 until 1997, was "arguably the greatest Welshman of his generation".
Writing on Twitter Mr Cameron said: "I'm sad to hear a great Conservative, Lord Roberts of Conwy, has died. He did so much for Wales, including piloting the Welsh Language Act."
Mr Jones added his tribute on the website, saying: "Wyn Roberts was arguably the greatest Welshman of his generation; a wise man and a kind and good friend."
Huw Jones, chairman of the S4C Authority, said former journalist Lord Roberts was a "guardian angel" for the Welsh language broadcaster.
He said: " Wyn Roberts was a guardian angel for the Welsh language and for S4C within the Conservative government of the 80s and 90s.
"Both were close to his heart and he did everything he could to promote and support them. His close interest continued when he became a member of the House of Lords and his wise counsel was priceless.
"Alongside his measured and careful style, he had humour and mischief in his eye and great personal warmth. He made a huge contribution at a critical time for the Welsh language and he will be greatly missed."
Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones was also among those paying tribute to Lord Roberts.
He said: "I am saddened to hear of the death of Lord Roberts of Conwy and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.
"Lord Roberts was a leading figure in Welsh politics for more than 30 years. As well as a long career in the Welsh Office he will be particularly remembered for his work on the Welsh language and for piloting the Welsh Language Act in 1983.
"He will be greatly missed by Welsh politics as a whole."