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No Outsiders Project

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with the No Outsiders Project; and if he will make a statement. (163835)

The Department has no direct involvement in the project although a DCSF official has visited the project to observe a training session and an official has met the project lead who outlined the project’s intentions.

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter). Its aims are to assist in understanding the requirements of The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007. The No Outsiders Project does not affect what is taught in the school curriculum. This is governed by the Education Act 1996, as amended, which includes children learning the value of all relationships, with a particular emphasis on marriage and its importance for bringing up children.