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Religious Education

Volume 22: debated on Tuesday 20 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether his Department has given any advice on the minimum time per week which schools should devote to religious education.

This is a matter for the schools themselves to decide, taking into account the provisions of the Education Act 1944; but, as I said in the House on 8 April, I strongly deplore the custom which has crept in of dropping religious education altogether in the fourth and fifth years in some secondary schools.