HC Deb 12 July 1979 vol 970 c255W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what rights parents have to opt at primary and secondary school levels in Wales for their children not to be taught the English language as part of their education at school.

Mr. Michael Roberts

Section 76 of the Education Act 1944 imposes upon my right hon. Friend and local education authorities a duty to have regard to the general principle that, so far as is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenditure, pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.