To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what requests for information relating to (a) abortion and (b) sex and relationships education were made to his Department and its predecessor under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each year since 2010; whether each request was (i) agreed to and (ii) refused; if he will place in the Library a copy of the information provided in response to each request; and if he will make a statement.
The information requested is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
The new guidance for relationships, sex and health education says that teaching should cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex. Pupils should be taught what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships. They should also be taught that there are many different legal provisions whose purpose is to protect young people and which ensure young people take responsibility for their actions. Pupils should be made aware of the relevant legal provisions when topics such as abortion are being taught.