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 Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk 6:35 pm, 24th March 2015

I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. I have been to Turkey several times in recent years and have been impressed by the scale—7% or 8%—of its economic growth. There is a construction site almost everywhere. I am shocked to hear that an exam board might be thinking of withdrawing a Turkish GCSE qualification. Given that the state could provide these qualifications itself but chooses to allow exam boards to do it, is not the answer for the state to say to exam boards, “If you wish to be an exam board, we will hold you to a higher standard”?