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 Reid of Cardowan Lord Reid of Cardowan Labour 2:57 pm, 26th January 2015

Given the multicultural identity and diversity of ethnic backgrounds of people in the United Kingdom at present, there must be hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of people, including, I suspect, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, who are bilingual. What thought have the Government given to, or what action have they taken on, mobilising this resource by focusing either on recruitment or on some form of potentially creative, if informal, educational process to make sure that we use the resources that our multicultural society has given us?