Schools: Foreign Languages — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:57 pm on 26th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 2:57 pm, 26th January 2015

The noble Baroness makes an extremely good point. We have given the British Council, for instance, £500,000 to recruit foreign language assistants to work in the UK. Currently, some 1,250 foreign language assistants have been recruited for English schools, and the British Council is working with Hanban to introduce a number of Chinese language assistants into the country.