Meg Hillier

Hackney South and Shoreditch

Labour

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 support the opportunity for A Level students to study the language they consider to be their mother tongue. I have written to the Secretary of State for Education regarding AQA’s decision to end the Polish A Level they provide on your behalf and, as soon as I receive a reply, I will contact you again.

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?

I believe it is wrong to refer to the concentration camps and death camps introduced by the Nazi government during World War 2 as Polish and would challenge its use by the British media.

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

I have no doubt about the positive contribution Polish immigrants have made to the UK economy. In 2014, it was reported that immigrants living in the UK from 10 EU countries (including Poland) added £4.96bn more in taxes in the years to 2011 than they took out in public services.

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

Unfortunately, I will not be able to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland due to other commitments, such as Chair of the Public accounts Committee. I only join groups when I am confident I can give it enough time to be effective, and I don’t feel that at this time, I will be able.


Questions were sent out after the elections.