Schools: Modern Languages - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:55 pm on 24th May 2016.

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Photo of Lord Kinnock Lord Kinnock Labour 2:55 pm, 24th May 2016

My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s optimism and her positive response, but perhaps I may put it to her that in a globalised world, where communication is obviously at a premium, the decision of even one exam board to retreat from modern languages provision is a retreat from reality and from opportunity for young people. Will the Minister be more assertive in the view that, should there be any further deterioration, the Government will resist the spread of the practice of withdrawing essential modern languages from the examination curriculum?