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Higher Education: Anti-Semitism

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce levels of anti-Semitism in universities; what recent discussions Ministers and officials in his Department have had on this issue; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement. (283709)

This Department has set up a group on anti-Semitism and Higher Education to facilitate discussions between the Jewish community and higher education stakeholders, which I chair. We see this group as playing an important role in helping to tackle anti-Semitism in higher education. The first meeting took place in April and resulted in practical actions to be taken forward by higher education stakeholders and Jewish Community representatives working collaboratively.