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 Christopher Lord Christopher Labour 2:55 pm, 24th May 2016

My Lords, following the question from my noble friend Lord Kinnock, to what extent has the Minister’s department considered the economic implications of the present policies? How do we compare with other countries in Europe, which I am confident we will decide in a few weeks to remain with? At a funeral a few days ago, I met a young English boy who attends a school in Amsterdam. He is quite proficient already in Chinese. What is the position in Belgium, for example, where two languages are compulsory? Even when I was in school in the 1940s, two languages, in addition to English, were compulsory.