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Hindu Community Centre

Volume 893: debated on Tuesday 17 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether public funds have been made available for the building of a Hindu shrine or temple in the London area; and, if so, under which Vote.

As I stated in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby) on 19th May—[Vol. 892, c. 287.]—the Home Office has approved an application by the London borough of Brent for grant aid under the Urban Programme for a community centre in Wembley for use by the Brent Indian Association. Although part of the centre will be used as a shrine it is primarily an educational, social and advice centre, and it is not possible to identify that part of the cost of the centre attributable solely to its use for religious purposes. Grant aid from the Home Office will be payable under the Community Services (Home Office) Vote, Class IX, 11.