HC Deb 22 March 1978 vol 946 cc581-2W
Mr. Edge

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will issue a circular to advise local authorities to phase out school uniform.

Miss Margaret Jackson

My right hon. Friend's views on school uniform were conveyed to local education authorities in a circular letter dated 26th May 1977 which includes the followingThe Secretary of State would not wish to express a view on the question whether or not school uniforms should be worn: this is normally decided by the particular school, in the light of the authority's general policies. She would, however, strongly commend the practice of an increasing number of schools which take this decision only after consulting parents, teachers and, where appropriate, pupils.

I am sending a copy of the letter to my hon. Friend.