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Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) participation in the activities of political parties and (b) preaching of religion by migrants holding probationary citizenship will count as active citizenship, as outlined in her Department's Green Paper, A Pathway to Citizenship. (190181)

We are proposing that migrants who have demonstrated their commitment to the UK and contribute in a positive way to British society should be allowed to complete the journey to citizenship more quickly than those who have chosen not to. The Green Paper sets out a list of activities already in existence which we believe could constitute a good list for would be citizens to consider. This list does not include either participation in the activities of political parties or preaching of religion by migrants. We are inviting views on the type of activities that should be taken into account. We will finalise our proposals—ensuring that only those activities which contribute in a positive way are taken into account—following the consultation period which ends on 14 May.