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Foreign Language Teaching

Volume 127: debated on Friday 12 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what figures he has to show foreign language teaching provision in Scottish schools and that provided in other EEC countries.

The timetabled percentage of teaching group time in secondary schools in Scotland devoted to foreign languages was 7·6 in 1983. Comparable statistics for other European Community countries are not readily available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to implement EEC recommendations about foreign language teaching in Scottish schools; if he has any plans to increase current language teaching provision; and what steps he is taking to improve the present situation.

Table 1: RSA Payments (£ million)
Greenock and Port Glasgow Parliamentary ConstituencyStrathclyde Region
YearCurrent pricesConstant (1986–87) pricesCurrent pricesConstant (1986–87) prices
1978–790·40·96·713·1
1979–801·01·69·716·1
1980–812·63·714·420·2
1981–822·83·613·417·2
1982–831·41·712·114·4
1983–840·80·913·415·2
1984–850·70·818·219·9
1985–863·83·930·030·9
1986–870·90·919·619·6
Table 2: Payments of revised RDG (£ million)
1984–85
1985–860·10·19·69·9
1986–870·60·631·631·6
Table 3: Payments of old RDG (£ million)
Greenock and Port Glasgow EO AsEO As lying wholly or mainly in Strathclyde region
1978–792·03·931·260·7
1979–800·40·717·228·6
1980–812·02·835·549·8
1981–825·16·551·966·3
1982–837·69·061·573·3
1983–842·22·534·639·5
1984–858·08·841·545·3
1985–868·89·139·740·8
1986–879·19·161·461·4

Advice on curricular design for the secondary stages of schooling was issued by the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum (CCC) with the approval of my right hon. and learned Friend in November of last year. The CCC has now submitted further advice on the teaching of languages other than English which my right hon. and learned Friend is now considering.