The response from the education secretary (forgotten her name) was to stress the positive initiatives of primary schools to introduce languages (can't say that I have noticed this locally).
All primary schools are being encouraged to introduce a language. Most of the primarys in Wokingham LA, have allocated some sort of time for teaching a language into thier curriculum. Our primary has gone from 1/2hr a week french for yr6, to including it for yrs 3-5 as well.
It is very basic, and taught in a very informal manner. (It has also cost us 'extending writing' in literacy!)
The down side is, our specialist languages secondary, is a Girls only. So not much use if you have boys, or are not in catchment. Also from visiting our catchment school on open evening, and speaking to a parent who's son attends the local grammar, upon starting secondary, they will all be taken back to the beginning anyway.
The IB qualification, Mr Blair referred to, includes studying one language at least. Again, if its ever implemented, if your catchment school doesn't offer this, its of little use.
Agree with Jed, The government needs to do a U-turn, because what is, in place, clearly won't meet future needs!