Religion: Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Ashok Kumar Ashok Kumar PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times since taking up his post he has met (a) representatives of religious organisations with an interest in education and (b) representatives of humanist organisations with an interest in education.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

The following table shows the religious organisations my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met since taking up his current post.

Date Group
8 June 2006 Church of England, Catholic Education Service
23 October 2006 Representatives of Faith School providers: Diocesan Board of Education (Church of England), Catholic Education Service, Movement for Reform Judaism, Network of Sikh Organisations, Muslim Council of Britain, Association of Muslim Schools
25 October 2006 Board of Deputies of British Jews, Catholic Education Service
7 November 2006 United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
14 December 2006 Faith organisations: Catholic Education Service; Church of England; Greek Orthodox Church; Network of Sikh Organisations; Muslim Council of Great Britain; Association of Muslim Schools; Free Church; Hindu Council UK; I-Foundation; Board of Deputies of British Jews; Union of Orthodox Hebrew Organisations; Agency for Jewish Education; Movement for Reform Judaism; JCOS Reform School; Seventh Day Adventist Church; Methodist Church.

My right hon. Friend has not met with any representatives of humanist organisations.

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