Clause 84

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:30 pm on 23 June 2009.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Shadow Science Minister 7:30, 23 June 2009

I think that the Minister accepted that this was an extension of the existing law, and she gave a justification for the provision in the Bill. Is there evidence that before this attempt to extend the existing exemption of the curriculum to all strands, claims were made against schools about ideas in the curriculum that might, as she says, be challenging—I am all in favour of that form of education? If there was no problem before, providing a wide exemption might enable some schools with a specific agenda to get a message across outwith the provision on discrimination through the way in which children are taught or the curriculum is delivered.