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Muslim Council of Britain

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he decided to resume contacts with the Muslim Council of Britain; whom he consulted on that decision; and if he will make a statement. (314041)

The Muslim Council of Britain has made a commitment to Government to examine their internal processes and ensure that the personal actions of all members, including senior leaders, remain true to the organisation’s agreed policies.

The MCB has stated its categorical opposition to attacks on British defence interests and confirmed its unwavering support for British troops across the world. It has also made clear that it stands firmly against anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.

The significance of these actions on the part of the MCB has led to the Government lifting the suspension of their formal relationship with that organisation.

We have engaged in a variety of discussions with community stakeholders from a range of faiths on this issue since March and have been able to take the views expressed in those discussions into account in considering our response to the MCB. We also had an ongoing dialogue with other Government Departments on this issue.

The relevant correspondence is publicly available on the departmental website at: