Simon Burns

Chelmsford

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?!

What A-Levels an examining board offers is up to them and will obviously be determined by the demand from students to take this A-Level course and then sit the exam. As Polish is not a core curriculum subject this is a matter for the individual exam boards and schools to determine. Since I responded to a similar email from another constituent, the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has said that a future Conservative Government would ‘guarantee the future’ of GCSEs and A-Levels in ‘minority languages’. I hope you will be encouraged by this development.

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War. Would you support a ban on 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?

I do not think it is appropriate to issue bans on the media in the way you suggest. I think a better approach is to educate the media that when they write about death camps in Poland etc, that they make it quite clear that these were Nazi death camps etc.

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

I certainly do support promoting the positive aspect of hard working Polish people who have made a significant contribution to the economy in the UK.

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 question is hypothetical and I believe it is premature to determine what should happen, particularly as the UK might well vote to remain in the UK.

If you were to be elected to the Parliament, would you join and support the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland?

I do not join any All Party Parliamentary Groups though obviously if an All Party Parliamentary Group like the APPG on Poland were to host a meeting that was on a subject of interest or concern to me, I would be more than happy to attend the meeting.


Questions were sent out before the elections.