Christianity in Public Life

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:24 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Alan Beith Alan Beith Chair, Justice Committee, Chair, Justice Committee 3:24 pm, 11th March 2009

My hon. Friend seems to exclude a conversation that would be quite common in many professions, including medicine, where a patient who knows a doctor says to them, "You are a churchgoer—a Christian—aren't you? Is prayer any use in all this?" The doctor may say, "What I believe is this." Should the doctor say, "I'm sorry, I can't talk to you about that. You'll have to make a separate appointment with me on another occasion."?