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 Lord Morgan Lord Morgan Labour 2:40 pm, 29th March 2022

My noble friend’s reference to native languages stirs me to point out that, while I of course totally agree with the Question and with the Minister’s replies, there is far more to modern languages than simply improving the terms of trade. There is the question of deep cultural enrichment and, in these islands, understanding the culture of these islands more deeply. As someone who was brought up bilingually in Britain, I think that is important.