House of Lords on religion, public services and secularism

19 March 2010

Two reports calling for a secular approach to public service and legislative reform were discussed in the House of Lords on 18 March.

Both reports were published by the British Humanist Association which campaigns for what it describes as an end to religious privilege and to discrimination based on religion or belief, and for a secular state.

Supporters of humanism in the Lords, including Lord Harrison, Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Lord Taverne, Baroness Turner of Camden and Lord Graham of Edmonton, took part in the debate which covered issues such as faith schools, the role of bishops in the House of Lords and religious education.

In the House of Lords Members may table questions for debate, usually up to two hours and a half, on a specific issue or matter of concern.

A minister responds on behalf of the Government.

Comment on the debate on Lords of the Blog

Read Lord Hylton's response to the debate

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