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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on proposed legislation in Iran to make religious minorities wear identifying insignia; which minorities are affected; and if she will make a statement. (113384)

On 14 May the Iranian Parliament approved the outline of a draft Bill on an Islamic dress code. This Bill set out regulations for the import of clothing and future government support for Iranian clothing producers.

Canadian media reporting initially claimed that the draft Bill included a reference to religious minorities (Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians) having to wear identifying insignia or colours, but there is no mention of this in the draft Bill. The Iranian embassy in London refuted the media reports and the Canadian newspaper in question issued an apology for its inaccurate reporting. We did not make formal representations to the Government of Iran.