Jeremy Hunt

South West Surrey


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?

Thank you very much for your email about British-Polish relations. I appreciate you taking the time and trouble to write to me and I have responded to your questions in turn below.

On the issue of Polish A-levels, I am pleased to confirm that 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?

Polish people 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 and 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 impact 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 UK’s 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 I can assure you 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?

Only backbench members of the House of Commons and House of Lords (that is, those who do not hold a ministerial position) are eligible to join.

I do hope this reassures you that the UK Government values our longstanding friendship with Poland.

Questions were sent out after the elections.