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Collective Worship

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he has taken to ensure that there are satisfactory arrangements for collective worship at the Winston Churchill school, Woking.

The Department has raised this matter with Surrey county council, and I understand that the school's governing body has recently discussed the arrangements made for collective worship. I will write to my hon. Friend shortly.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received calling for changes in the law regarding religious instruction in schools and the requirement for a daily assembly and act of worship; and if he will make a statement.

We have received a small number of letters from members of the public; and earlier this year I met representatives of the National Association of Head Teachers to discuss their views on this matter. As my right hon. Friend has made clear in response to the Swann report and on other occasions, the Government have no plans to propose changes in the existing statutory provisions on religious instruction and collective worship in schools, and we look to local education authorities and individual schools to ensure that the statutory requirements are met.