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Basic English

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the Prime Minister when the Committee of Ministers set up to study and report upon Basic English are expected to reach their conclusions?

I hope to receive the recommendations of this Committee before very long.

When we do get this Report will the B.B.C. be asked to adopt it, or will they still continue to use Basic B.B.C.?

Basic English is not intended for use among English-speaking people but to enable a much larger body of people who do not have the good fortune to know the English language to participate more easily in our society.

I have tried to explain that people are quite purblind who discuss this matter as if Basic English were a substitute for the English language.