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Community Relations: Islam

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 294W, on community relations: Islam, if she will place in the Library a copy of the report by the Change Institute on Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities. (252177)

Communities and Local Government has commissioned the Change Institute to conduct research on Understanding Muslim Ethnic Communities. This work has not yet been completed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing further community-based advisory groups modelled on the Young Muslim Advisory Group. (254178)

The Department is committed to engaging with community-based groups across the Department's agenda. The Young Muslims Advisory Group has been in existence for less than six months. We will be monitoring the group's progress, and will use this information to inform any future decisions on establishing new community-based advisory groups.