HC Deb 22 March 1951 vol 485 c2561
17. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Minister of Education what percentage of those training at county council training colleges for teachers take the course on religion.

Mr. Hardman

About 45 per cent, of all the students in training colleges provided by local education authorities are taking a course in religious knowledge as part of their regular course of training.

Mr. Williams

May I say that that is very much better than I thought it was, and may I express the hope that, as the teaching of religion in schools is compulsory, the Minister will take steps to encourage teachers to take courses on how to teach religion?

Mr. Hardman

My right hon. Friend gives every encouragement to this subject.