David Lidington

Aylesbury

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?

On the issue of Polish A-levels, 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.
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.

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 fought alongside Britain in the Second World War, to those who contribute so much to our country today. The Government is committed to building on British-Polish relations for the benefit of both countries going forward.

I hope this reassured you that the UK Government values our longstanding friendship with Poland. Having visited Poland several times as a Minister, I am very aware of our two countries’ shared history and of the opportunities for future work together, whether that is in standing up to Russian aggression in Eastern Europe or working with the EU to promote deregulation and free trade.

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 is 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 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?

As Minister for Europe and therefore a member of the Government, I am not able to join APPGs. This in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, which states that Ministers may not be members of APPGs. However, I recognise the importance of the work carried out by the APPG on British-Polish relations.


Questions were sent out after the elections.