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Sex Education

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will bring forward legislation to provide a right for a parent to withdraw his child from sex education at a school if in the parent's opinion the instruction offered is immoral.

No. My Department has already issued advice that head teachers should take parents into their confidence and take account of parents' wishes in this area of the curriculum; and that the subject should be treated as an integral element of personal, social and health education within the context of lasting personal relationships. I share the concern expressed by many parents; but I do not believe that the answer lies in further legislation.