Chaired by Baroness Coussins. Secretariat provided by the British Council.

The APPG launches its Manifesto for Languages on 14 July 2014. The Manifesto has attracted the support of the organisations and individuals listed below.

If you would like to add your name or your organisation’s name to the list of Manifesto supporters, please email


Organisations supporting the APPG’s Manifesto for Languages:

National Bodies:

British Academy

A statement by Baroness Coussins, Chair of the APPG on Modern Languages, on the launch of the Manifesto for Languages. (Video: 2min 20s).

The APPG on Modern Languages published its Manfesto for Languages on 14 July 2014. This initiative is supported by over 50 leading businesses, organisations and universities, including HSBC, UBS, the British Chambers…



Chair: Baroness Coussins (Crossbench)

Vice-Chairs: Paul Maynard MP (Con); Nia Griffith MP (Lab); Baroness Sharp of Guildford (LD).


PRESS RELEASE – 14 July 2014

MPs and Peers call on parties to boost UK’s language skills

A group of MPs and Peers is calling…

Baroness Coussins introduces the APPG – its background and how its role has evolved over time. She explains the importance of languages across Government departments, what areas of focus the APPG has looked at and what the APPG is aiming for in the future. (4 mins).

On Wednesday next week, the APPG on Modern Languages will be considering the question of languages in government, and whether languages are taken seriously in the way Government and the civil service work:

a) in foreign policy (diplomacy, defence and security) – including the number of UK nationals in the European civil service and other…