Mark Field

Cities of London and Westminster

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?!

I must confess that I have not given specific thought to some of the issues you raise and was not aware of the AQA decision. I would need a broader understanding of why AQA decided to scrap the A Level but I should be happy, if I am lucky enough to be re-elected, to make representations to the Department of Education to bring to the Secretary of State’s attention your deep concern over AQA’s decision – perhaps you would be good enough to drop me a line after 7 May should I continue to represent the seat.

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 would not support a ban on certain types of language. It is not for government to control the media in such a way.

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?

I am in favour of Britain remaining a member of the European Union but did support British people being given a say on it. If there was to be Brexit, then there would need to be serious consideration given to those who have resided here under freedom of movement rules, not mass deportation. However I would probably support some consideration being given to the length of time someone has been in this country rather than granting ILR to someone who has, say, only been here a few months or here as a temporary worker.

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 would need to see what other commitments I may have with regard to the APPG but I would certainly consider being a member.


Questions were sent out before the elections.