Bullying in Schools Related to Sexual Orientation
Lord Tope asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether in the light of the judgment in the Manchester County Court on 11 October by Judge Richard Holman awarding damages against Trafford Education Authority to a school pupil who had suffered a lengthy period of bullying, they will issue new guidance reminding schools that they have a duty of care to protect pupils from homophobic bullying and requiring them to include in personal, social and health education programmes lessons which lead pupils to understand the problems which young gay and lesbian people face.[HL4462]
Baroness Blackstone: We will be issuing shortly the revised version of my department's anti-bullying pack for schools. This will include, among other things,
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advice on how to tackle bullying related to sexual orientation. The framework for personal, social and health education, introduced this September, provides opportunities for pupils to learn how to respect the differences between people. Our sex and relationship education guidance published in July makes clear that schools need to be able to deal properly with bullying related to sexual orientation.
Buckingham Palace Road Roadworks
Lord Donoughue asked Her Majesty's Government:
When the roadworks extending along Buckingham Palace Road began; when they were
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originally expected to be completed; and why on a majority of days in that period nobody was working towards completion of the works.[HL4370]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): I understand from Westminster City Council that these works began in February this year and are expected to be completed by March 2001. These works are part of a traffic management scheme which is funded by the City of Westminster to improve conditions in the Belgravia area. Questions regarding the progress of these works should be addressed to the City of Westminster and Transport for London which have responsibility for the highway.