Iain Stewart

Milton Keynes 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?

On the issue of Polish A-levels, 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.

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?

I have always supported the principle of free speech, it underpins our democracy and I think 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. That said, I believe that broadcasters and the press have a duty to produce reports which are factually correct and not offensive. I have written to the Director General of the BBC to make him aware of these concerns which have been raised with me before and I attach a copy of his response.

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

My grandfather, who was a linguist and spoke fluent Polish, worked with many Polish servicemen during the Second World War and was decorated by the Polish government for his service.

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. I agree that migration can bring great value to this country and that infrastructure needs to be in place to support this. Whatever decisions are made on the UK’s future relationship and the consequences of that for immigration, I would not support any repatriation of people who have moved to the UK perfectly legitimately under the current rules.

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. Personally, I only sign up to APPGs if I have the time to be properly involved in their activities. As the Chair and registered officer to half a dozen APPGs, I am unable, at present, to devote any time to further groups.


Questions were sent out after the elections.