Cameron woos Tory Right with call to curb ethnic language

Anthea Fraser Gupta A.F.Gupta at
Fri Aug 26 09:07:15 UTC 2005

Here is a crucial quote from Cameron's speech.

English is becoming the world’s language of choice. Millions of people in India

and Pakistan are eager to learn English. Yet in the UK in 2005 a significant

number of our own citizens cannot speak it.

A Home Office study found that while 26 per cent of Pakistanis and

Bangladeshis in the UK are fluent in English, the equivalent figure for the US is

68 per cent.

We need to ask whether Government and other bodies, by allowing other

languages to be used in official settings, can almost encourage the belief that

learning English is not necessary."


Full speech at <> 


My highly inventive googling has failed to find the source for these figures. Does anyone happen to know it?




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