Andrew Murrison

South West Wiltshire

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 am told that very few people take up Polish A level and that AQA has taken this decision on Polish together with a number of other modern foreign languages that are rarely taken up. It seems likely that the cost of them would be disproportionate but that does not prevent teaching Polish outside A levels depending on the availability of teachers. The Institute Francaise runs a structured French language qualification which is very good and I wonder if the Polish Education Society has considered something similar.

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?

You make a fair point about the use of language by the BBC if attribution is or could be implied. However, I think it’s widely understood that Poland was a victim not a perpetrator of Nazism and, as you say, very much on the Allied side in the fight for freedom and decency. Have you written to the BBC to make your views known?

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

I have always been positive about Poles who come here to work.

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?

I believe in the free movement of labour but beyond that would not want to comment on the hypothetical you pose in point 4 other than to say that I think David Cameron will secure a package that people will vote for at the referendum allowing the UK to stay in the EU.

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

On APPGs, there are over 600 of these and since very few are useful I tend not to join them.


Questions were sent out after the elections.