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Education Bill (Religious Instruction)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 20 May 1943

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the uneasiness in the teaching profession and parents generally concerning the proposals to be made for religious instruction in schools after the war; whether these proposals are to be incorporated in the forthcoming Education Bill or left to subsequent arrangement; and whether, before finally deciding on the method of post-war religious instruction, he will consult the various religious denominations as to the willingness of the clergymen themselves arranging for such instruction, if given the use of the schools for the purpose, to the children of parents who signify their wishes in that respect, such classes to be made up after ordinary lessens have finished?

The proposals which I have in mind for incorporation in any educational Measure that may be introduced, including those dealing with religious instruction, have been fully discussed with representatives of the interests concerned, including teachers, parents and denominational bodies, and I have no reason to think that, as suggested in the Question, they will cause uneasiness to teachers and parents generally.