Education

Part of Rating and Valuation – in the House of Commons at 6:37 pm on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk 6:37 pm, 20th March 2019

I welcome the intention behind this move. As a parent, I see the pressure to which our children are subjected today and the extraordinary anxiety that is caused by many of the influences that they are under. It must be right to help them, particularly in relation to health. However, may I ask my right hon. Friend a question about parental opt-out? It has always been our party’s view, and the view of the House, that we should tread very gently when we step, as a state, between parent and child. Will he reassure me that there is some protection when it comes to the basis on which the state will decide that there are exceptional circumstances in which a parent can be overruled?