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Immigrant Children MUST Learn English Says Prime Minister David Cameron

24/03/2011 15:22 | Updated 22 May 2015

David CameronPrime Minister David Cameron has said that immigrantchildren MUST be taught to speak English.

Responding to comments from Conservative MP Kris Hopkins - who had said too many children start school in his Yorkshire constituency unable to speak English - Mr Cameron stated he would be putting in 'tougher rules'.

Answering to Mr Hopkins question: 'Do you agree with me that there is a responsibility and an obligation upon parents to make sure their children speak English?', David Cameron said: 'I completely agree with you. The fact is, in too many cases this isn't happening.

'The last government did make some progress on making sure people learned English when they came to our country. I think we need to go further. If you look at the figures for the number of people who are brought over as husbands and wives, particularly from the Indian sub-continent, we should be putting in place – and we will be putting in place – tougher rules to make sure they do learn English so when they come, if they come, they can be more integrated into our country.'

It is estimated one in six children do not have English as their first language.

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