HL Deb 21 February 2005 vol 669 c173WA
Lord Pearson of Rannoch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer by the Lord Filkin on 31 January (Official Report, cols. 3–5), whether the scientific theory of intelligent design could be taught in United Kingdom schools. [HL1165]

Lord Filkin

In all aspects of the science curriculum, we encourage pupils to consider different ideas and beliefs, and how scientific controversies can arise from different ways of interpreting evidence. Intelligent design theory is not part of the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum for Science states that students must learn that the fossil record is evidence for evolution and how variation and selection may lead to evolution or extinction. Intelligent design theory could be discussed in schools, but only in the context of being one of a range of views on evolution that students might consider and evaluate against the evidence.

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