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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 22 January 2016 for answer on 29 January 2016

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(Self-identifying Question no. shown in brackets)

Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills

Andrew RT Davies (South Wales Central): Further to the UK Government's announcement of a £20 million English-language tuition fund aimed at combatting social isolation for some Muslim women, does the Welsh Government have plans to implement a similar scheme in Wales? (WAQ69702)

Answer received on 2 February 2016

Huw Lewis:  The Welsh Government does not have any plans to implement a similar scheme in Wales.  This policy relates only to England.

Unlike England, we already provide ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) classes free to all learners in Wales (including refugees and asylum seekers), regardless of their reason for learning. We offer this provision, up to and including Level 1 – in line with our Essential Skills funding.

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