On 27 January 2015 the Public Petitions Committee agreed to refer petition PE1530 to the Education and Culture Committee.
The petition was lodged by Spencer Fildes on behalf of the Scottish Secular Society on 4 September 2014. It calls for—
‘the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to issue official guidance to bar the presentation in Scottish publicly funded schools of separate creation and of Young Earth doctrines as viable alternatives to the established science of evolution, common descent, and deep time.’
The Committee considered this petition at its meeting of 10 March 2015 and agreed to write to the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government responded to the letter from the Committee on 29 April 2015.
The Committee considered the petition again at its meeting on 12 May 2015 and agreed to close the petition.