Local Government Bill [H.L.]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:31 pm on 6th December 1999.

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Photo of Baroness Knight of Collingtree Baroness Knight of Collingtree Conservative 8:31 pm, 6th December 1999

My Lords, I do not refer to parents from my own constituency but to those from some of the very left-wing boroughs in London. I was keen to get rid of the books but I know they still exist because they were produced to me by parents. I was shown what the children were being taught and told why the parents objected so much.

Another book, which I should have thought everyone would remember, was called Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin. It depicted, on its cover, a little girl of about six years old sitting up in bed with her naked father on one side and his naked lover on the other. I shall quote the exact words used in the book because that, more than anything else, shows the age for which it was intended. It stated:

"Jenny is a little girl. Martin is Jenny's dad and Eric is Martin's lover. They all live happily together".

The book went on to state that Eric, the father, drew Jenny a series of cartoons of two men who were saying:

"I love you Fred"

"I love you too, Bill. Why don't we move in together?"

"That's a good idea".