Scottish Parliament to decide on ESS petition to remove religious nominees from council education committees

ESS officers present the ESS petition on 14 January 2014

On Tuesday 6 May the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee will consider the petition which ESS presented to the Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.

The petition suggests that the Scottish Parliament should urge the Scottish Government to bring forward amending legislation that would remove the requirement that councils accept the nominations of three religious representatives on to all council education committees. These nominees have voting rights and the Church of Scotland has reported that they hold the balance of power in 19 of Scotland’s 32 council education committees.

The (closed) petition with over 1700 signatories can be accessed at

Read the other submissions on the petition at

The video of the presentation of the petition to Public Petitions Committee can be viewed at 

Membership of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee can be accessed at,

Unlike council education committees the Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament has no religious nominees on it even though, like the councils, it is responsible for a religiously divided system which has Roman Catholic schools and supposedly ‘non-denominational’ schools with Protestant chaplains and ministers.

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