First, we need earlier sex education and freely available contraception, as in Holland, where under-16 conception rates are nine times lower than in the UK, and age at first intercourse higher.
Second, it is time for sex education to be included in the National Curriculum, so that all children are able to access appropriate and important health information.
Third, the stain on British law that is section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act, which inhibits teachers and others from providing critical advice to young gay men, must be repealed.
The absence of sexual health from all but two paragraphs of the recent Green Paper Our Healthier Nation makes ministerial action even more urgent. Talking about sex is important; acting on sex education is vital.
Dr EVAN HARRIS MP
Liberal Democrat NHS Spokesman
House of Commons
London SW1Reuse content