David Mackintosh

Northampton South

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?!

We also recognise the value of studying other languages and that’s why we are making a clear commitment that the next Conservative Government will guarantee the future of GCSEs and A-levels in Polish. Conservatives have a clear commitment to Polish GCSE and A-Levels. It is vital that all young people master English, but we also believe that young people should engage with and study other languages as well – in particular in their mother tongue or that that of their parents and family. That’s why we are making a clear commitment that the next Conservative Government will guarantee the future of GCSEs and A-levels in Polish, as well as other languages like Gujarati, Panjabi, Bengali and Turkish. Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, has written to the exam boards calling on them to secure the future of these qualifications and reverse their decision to cancel them. I recognise the importance of modern languages. We are including modern languages as part of our EBacc qualification because we know how important it is that students study languages as part of a broad curriculum that universities and employers value. Labour didn’t value the importance of studying languages, removing the requirement to study them, and as a result, 200,000 fewer GCSE students studied a modern language in 2010 than in 2002. Since we have elevated the importance of studying languages, it is on the rise again – going up by 21 per cent over the past four years.

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

We believe Polish people have made a hugely positive contribution to the UK, especially in Northampton where many Polish people settled after the Second World War, and we will continue to build on British-Polish relations for the benefit of both countries.

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?

As the Prime Minister has said, he is confident that he will secure a better deal for Britain in Europe – with immigration at the heart of this renegotiation, and changes to welfare as an absolute requirement. He will then deliver an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, so that the British people have the final say.

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Questions were sent out before the elections.