Children, Schools and Families Bill

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Graham Allen Graham Allen Labour, Nottingham North 6:22 pm, 11th January 2010

The hon. Gentleman mentioned one proposal that seems to have pretty broad support-the extension of PSHE to the national curriculum. It is wonderful that all parties support that. Unfortunately, it appears that most people out there where it matters-on the estates, in the towns, in the rural areas and in the cities-have not got a clue what PSHE is. Will he join me in making a friendly plea to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State that we call it something that people understand? I would offer, with all modesty, the term "life skills". Would Mr. Laws support that, and would he at some point support an amendment that brought that about, if the ministerial team did not quite find its way to accepting that idea?

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