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Local Government: Religion

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to local authorities on the inclusion of Christian prayers during council meetings and authorities’ equality duties. (235483)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 14 March 2008, Official Report, column 704W by my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Mr. Dhanda), that the Department has no plans to issue guidance to local authorities on prayers at council meetings. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued guidance to public authorities on compliance with statutory equality duties, and it is important that local authorities satisfy themselves that their policies and practices are consistent with their equalities responsibilities.