English Language Learning (27 July, 2020)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make learning (1) to speak, and (2) to read, English compulsory.
My Lords, does the Minister agree that English is key to helping communities to integrate in Britain and that the importance of learning English should be further emphasised as a precondition to granting British citizenship?
Lord Greenhalgh, The Minister of State, Home Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
My Lords, I thank my noble friend, who has written eloquently on the subject of the importance the English language to integration. Those applying for citizenship are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate English language speaking and listening qualification.
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