Census data on languages spoken: Daily Express, 31 January 2013
Issue date: 31 January 2013
Type: Letter to the Press
Your report does not reflect the published data accurately ("Migrants shun the English language", January 31).
The 2011 Census found 4.2 million people aged 3 or over spoke a main language other than English, but that most of these people speak English well or very well (3.3 million, four out of five of them). The number of people who did not speak English well was 726,000, and there were 138,000 people who did not speak English at all. The Census shows 7.5 million people in England and Wales were born outside the United Kingdom, so most of them are able to speak English well.
Census Deputy Director
Office for National Statistics
Hants PO15 5RR