§ Mr. Greenway
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance Her Majesty's inspectors are giving to schools and local education authorities relating to the teaching of occultism; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
Her Majesty's inspectors have issued no guidance relating to the teaching of occultism. If during their visits to schools they come across teaching which they consider in some way detrimental to the children concerned, they will draw it to the attention of the headteacher and, if considered serious enough to warrant it, of the local education authority. I urge parents to do the same and, if necessary, to complain to my right hon. Friend, who will have the matter investigated.