Colleen Fletcher

Coventry North East


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?

First, you ask about the Assessment and Qualification Alliance’s (AQA) decision to phase out the Polish A-level exam by 2018. The AQA justify their decision to scrap the Polish a-level along with A level Bengali, Modern Hebrew and Punjabi – on the basis that the numbers who actually choose the subject at A-level and sit the exam are very low, and because they say there is a shortage of qualified examiners in those subjects.

I understand you are disappointed by the AQA’s decision and I will, therefore, raise your concerns on this matter direct with Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education I will let you know as soon as I receive a response to this enquiry

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?

Second, you raise the issue of the Polish contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War Two. You are right to say that the Poles provided crucial help to the Allies throughout the war, fighting on land, sea and in the air. Indeed, after Poland had been invaded and overrun, a government-in-exile was established outside of Poland, along with armed forces and an intelligence service. These organizations contributed significantly to the Allied effort throughout the war. This contribution should be recognised by everyone, including those in the media.

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

Third, you ask if support promoting the contribution of Polish immigrants to the UK economy. I believe that positive contributions to the UK economy should be recognised and welcomed in equal measure.

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?

Fourth, you ask about a possible Brexit from the EU. I and my Labour colleagues will be campaigning for the UK to stay in the European Union and we will make the case that in the modern world we need co-operation to create jobs, secure growth, encourage investment and enhance our security and influence in the world.

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

Fifth, you mention the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland. I assure you that I will follow the work, activities and Initiatives of the group during this Parliament

Questions were sent out after the elections.