Gavin Robinson

Belfast East

Democratic Unionist Party

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 was unaware that AQA had taken such a decision. Are there any other examining bodies offering an alternative A level in Polish? I would be happy to raise this issue with AQA and department of Education if that is not the case.

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?

In truth, I have never heard media suggest concentration camps were Polish and nor do I believe there is recognition that they were. Whist geographically located, the NAZIs were responsible, but as someone who has visited a number, I would of course be happy to challenge any misconception around responsibility.

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

Yes, I do and have done so, particularly following migrant attacks.

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?

Yes, but not unconditionally. I my view, the UK will remain part of the EU and therefore this is academic, but in the context of a decision to leave, I suspect criteria, including duration of residency would  be important and most probably, set before any decision to leave was taken.

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

There are over 600 All Party Parliamentary Groups and whilst each has there merit, I want to find out more about them in totality so that I can use my time most effectively. At this stage therefore, I am making no commitment about joining.


Questions were sent out after the elections.