Foreign Languages: Economic Value - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:40 pm on 29th March 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Barran Baroness Barran The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 2:40 pm, 29th March 2022

My Lords, the Government believe in the importance of languages and welcome the report’s findings on removing language barriers to benefit the economy. We support language teaching through the recent modern foreign languages GCSE review, the MFL hub programme and the Mandarin Excellence Programme, among other initiatives. We are considering the report alongside other available research and exploring other ways in which we can expand the pipeline of fluent speakers to meet the country’s future needs.