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Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether it is Government policy to encourage the use of Esperanto or to recognise the UNESCO declaration on the subject 8C/DR/116.

The teaching of Esperanto in maintained schools and colleges is a matter for local education authorities and the educational institutions themselves. The use of the language outside the education system is not the responsibility of my Department. The question of recognition of resolution 8C(DR)116 by Her Majesty's Government does not arise.