Public Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 15th June 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 4:45 pm, 15th June 2020

The Scout movement across the country and in Harlow has transformed the lives of thousands of children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds; I have seen that in my constituency. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the removal of the statue of the Scouts’ founder would not only be a threat to public order but would damage the reputation of the incredible Scout movement? Does she further agree that if statues are to be moved, we should have proper national and local conversations and democratic consent so that people can understand the true history of the individuals involved? We should not forget the important work that the Scout movement has done in the past and will do in the future.