§ Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will abolish the post of religious instructor in schools.
§ Mr. William Ross
The extent to which religious instruction is provided in schools is a matter for education authorities to determine in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1962. I am considering the recommendations of the Committee on Moral and Religious Education in Scottish Schools which, among other things, recommended the introduction of a specialist teaching qualification in religious education.