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Political Neutrality in Schools

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 10:59 am, 10th March 2020

I am surprised that it is necessary for my hon. Friend to raise this issue. In May 1986 a group of peers, led by Baroness Cox, successfully amended what was then the Education Bill to ensure that politically contentious material, if raised and discussed in schools, must be handled in a balanced way. In June 1986 the Government accepted that. My understanding is that that ban on political indoctrination has been carried forward in subsequent legislation, so I am surprised that this is even an issue today.