Lesser-Taught Languages

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 6:35 pm, 24th March 2015

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate, the title of which is “Lesser-taught Languages”. In Leicester, these languages are not lesser taught—Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali and Arabic qualifications are sat by hundreds of students every year. He has hit the nail on the head. If we want to expand trade, rather than getting rid of these qualifications, we should be encouraging schools to offer them, in addition to the madrassahs, temples and community organisations that currently offer them in Leicester.