Christine Yau, Chinese community leader
Speaks: Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka
"I would say that 95 per cent of the community here speak Chinese at home. This is a democratic society. The Home Secretary might have this idea but I don't think he can dictate the people's choice. But to encourage English as the main language - that would be welcomed by most people."
Lembit Opik, Liberal Democrat MP
Speaks: Estonian, German
"My grandparents didn't speak much English when they arrived in Britain and didn't speak much when they died 40 years later. My godfather ran a 100-acre farm and paid taxes but could only speak six words. Presumably he [Mr Blunkett] would pay the tuition fees."
Pratap Ranawaya, 52, head of sales at a music company
Speaks: Swahili, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati
"What Blunkett says is crazy. I was born and brought up in Mombasa and our language is a bit of everything in the home - Swahili, Portuguese, Gujarati. We literally switch between English and our mother tongue in a split second."
Carmen Gutierrez, 34, consultant in learning and development