Anne Main

St Albans

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?

I contacted the Department of Education after receiving your email and 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.

Indeed, more recently Nick Gibb MP answered a written question about this matter with the following:

“The Department for Education is currently in discussion with awarding organisations, Ofqual and others, including foreign embassies, to consider how best to maintain as wide a range of languages as possible at GCSE and A level. We are continuing to develop proposals to achieve this and will hold a more formal, public consultation in due course. I announced on 22 July 2015 that to avoid any gap in provision in certain languages we will, where necessary, extend the timetable for awarding organisations to continue with existing qualifications until September 2018.”

 

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?

I agree that Polish people have made a great contribution to this country and I am pleased that 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?

Finally, regarding the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Poland. In the last Parliament there were over 600 APPGs that MPs could sign up to. I only sign up to APPGs if I have the time to be properly involved in their activities, and what with also being the Chair of the APPG on Bangladesh I do not currently have the time to commit to being a member.


Questions were sent out after the elections.