[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — British Exports

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 8th February 2012.

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Photo of Laura Sandys Laura Sandys Conservative, South Thanet 9:30 am, 8th February 2012

I congratulate my hon. Friend on obtaining the debate. There is something that I do not think we understand and that certainly Government have never used to maximum effect. There are 220 languages spoken by British people in this country. We constantly talk about the language issue, but we have people who may be the first, second or third generation from certain parts of the world and we do not use them effectively as the right cultural interface, the right linguistic interface or, more importantly, as the people who are respected by business people in those countries, as opposed to the people who do not speak those languages being sent out as heads of trade missions.