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Census: Sikhs

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if she will meet representatives of Sikhs to discuss proposals for the inclusion of a Sikh category in the ethnic data collection within the 2011 National Census. (320257)

The Office for National Statistics consulted widely in establishing the proposed content of the 2011 Census, which included a public consultation and consultation with Sikh representatives. Following consultation, and in accordance with the Census Act 1920, the proposed content was laid before Parliament in “The Census (England and Wales) Order 2009 in October 2009”. Parliament approved the Order, which came into force on 10 December. As the content of the 2011 Census is now determined, it is not appropriate for me to meet Sikh representatives to discuss the inclusion of a Sikh category in the ethnicity question within the 2011 Census.