HL Deb 08 July 2003 vol 651 c24WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What provisions the five Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have for those who are not of the Irish culture to be informed about their cultures; and whether the boards conform with the Belfast agreement pledge of parity of esteem for all. [HL3670]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The Education and Library Boards provide a comprehensive library service for all persons who live, work or undertake courses of study in their area, regardless of the race, nationality or culture of those who use the service.

The Northern Ireland curriculum affords opportunities for schools to ensure that all pupils develop a knowledge and understanding of the similarities and differences between the cultural traditions which influence people who live in Northern Ireland.