Gavin Williamson

South Staffordshire

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?!

The issue of the AQA scrapping ‘A’ level in Polish is something I have already raised with the Chief Executive of the AQA with particular reference to my concerns about them pursing this route. It is certainly something I will continue to raise to put pressure on them to re-visit this decision.

Poland was the most loyal ally of Britain in the Second World War. Would you support a ban on 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 think it is absolutely vital we all recognise the important contribution that so many Poles played in the defence of our island nation but also the contribution and the decision that the British state made in terms of entering the Second World War and the defence of Poland’s sovereignty. I think this combined effort forges a bond between the two nations because of the supreme and ultimate sacrifice that so many British subjects and Polish citizens played in the defence of our two great nations. I think it should always be clear that the death camps Nazi Germany established in Poland was carried out by the Nazi regime which occupied Poland.

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

I am always very happy to see positive stories about the Polish community though in times where we have limited finances for the UK state I am always somewhat sceptical as to whether taxpayers money should be used for promoting such matters.

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?

This is something I haven’t given much consideration to but certainly something I would look at more closely, firstly if I was re-elected as Member of Parliament and secondly if we were in a situation where Britain was to look at exiting the EU.

If you were to be elected to the Parliament, would you join and support the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland?

I would be very happy to look at joining the All Party Parliamentary group though I am not a member of a large number of Parliamentary groups though I have worked very closely with Daniel Kawczynski who has been the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury and has been the Prime Minister’s envoy on matters to do with Poland being someone who is both fluent in Polish and of Polish descent. I am very interested in finding out more about what the group does to see if I can be of any assistance.


Questions were sent out before the elections.