Lesser-Taught Languages

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:14 pm on 24th March 2015.

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Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk 7:14 pm, 24th March 2015

I am listening with great interest, but I hope my hon. Friend recognises the difference between, on the one hand, the unsurprising commercial considerations of commercial contractors making decisions in the short term, and on the other hand, the interests of this country, which are longer term. I am slightly uncomfortable with the language he is using about the choice being for the examining boards to make—that it is for them to decide what they offer. Surely it is for us as a country and as the House of Commons, and for Her Majesty’s Government, to decide what we want to do, and then to make sure that arrangements are in place—whether they are commercial or otherwise—to achieve the goals that we want to achieve?