Local Government Bill [H.L.]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:42 pm on 6th December 1999.

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Photo of The Duke of Norfolk The Duke of Norfolk Conservative 6:42 pm, 6th December 1999

My Lords, I disagree entirely with the noble Lord. I shall continue with my speech. It is not a Committee stage speech; it is a Second Reading speech.

I note that there are some cases of homosexuality, especially in boarding schools and among young teenage boys, but normally those concerned grow out of it--the same applies to girls--and I want to see schools encourage them to do so. I do not want the lives of those boys and girls to be arrested and directed down homosexual channels which lead nowhere. It is the duty of schools to direct their pupils with regard to a proper sex life. There is no question of my advocating homophobic bullying or anything of that kind. As I have said, most boys and girls grow out of these practices and lead happy, normal lives. I know that some boys and girls remain homosexual. I wish to see all our efforts directed to encourage them to grow into normal beings. In no way do I wish to see schools trying to retard their lives when they are at school.