HC Deb 14 March 2002 vol 381 cc1212-3W
18. Valerie Davey

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what preparations are under way to develop foreign language teaching in primary schools. [40738]

Mr. Ivan Lewis

The Languages National Steering Group, chaired by my ministerial colleague Baroness Ashton, is developing a national strategy for languages which we plan to publish in the autumn. Our recently published pamphlet, "Language Learning", sets out our aspirations for language learning and teaching and invites comments from key stakeholders. One of those aspirations is to widen the opportunities for language learning in the primary sector.