§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his policy regarding the teaching of Christian-based and biblical instruction in schools.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Within the statutory framework for religious education laid down in the Education Act 1944 an introduction to the Christian tradition remains central to the religious education provided in our schools. Many of the central values of our society and culture are derived from religion and from Christianity in particular. A knowledge and understanding of Christian belief and practice, including biblical study, is therefore essential to an understanding of our society and its values.