Adam Afriyie

Windsor

Conservative

AQA has taken a unilateral decision to scrap the A-level in Polish from 2018. Are you going to lobby the AQA to reverse their decision? If yes, are there any other actions which you would undertake in order to preserve the Polish A-level?

You should know that I do not answer surveys as a matter of course but have laid out my general viewpoint below.

By way of background, the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has guaranteed the future of GCSEs and A-levels in Polish. She has written to the exam boards calling on them to reverse their decision to cancel them.

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War and the Polish army contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. Would you therefore challenge some of the British media falsely labelling the German concentration and death camps as being “Polish” e.g. Polish ghetto, death camps of Poland, or, Poland’s Auschwitz?

Free speech underpins our democracy and the Government has always been clear it is vitally important to uphold it. For this reason, the Government does not interfere with what the press does and does not publish, as long as the press abides by the law.

Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?

People from Poland have made a great contribution to this country: from the Polish pilots who helped save Britain in her hour of need, to those who contribute so much to our country today. Thankfully, therefore, the Government is committed to building on British-Polish relations for the benefit of both countries going forward.

In the event of Brexit, would you support granting an unconditional Indefinite Leave To Remain to the EU citizens who have lived and worked in Britain under the freedom of movement rules?

The impacts of migration on the UK are complex and wide-ranging, affecting economic, social and cultural aspects of life in the UK. As you are aware, the Government will be renegotiating the UKs position in the EU, before holding an in-out referendum by 2017. There are a number of issues to be ironed out as part of that process, including around immigration, but Ministers are committed to making sure the system is fair.

Would you consider joining the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland and finding out about its activities and initiatives?

Finally, you should know that I wholly support the work of the APPG on Poland. However, there are so many of these groups that, like all MPs, I am simply unable to attend them all. However, I remain committed to raising the concerns of local residents and if you have any specific concerns which you would like me to raise at a higher level in Parliament, I would of course be more than happy to write to the Secretary of State to on your behalf. Please let me know if this is something you would like me to do.
I hope this reassured you that the UK Government values our longstanding friendship with Poland.


Questions were sent out after the elections.