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Volume 684: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 28 June (WA 158) concerning ethnicity, whether they recognise the Ulster-Scots community as “a segment of the population distinguished from others by a combination of shared customs, beliefs, traditions and characteristics, derived from a common or presumed common past, sufficient to give them an historically determined social identity in their own eyes and in the eyes of others”. [HL6688]

It is not for the Government to decide whether the guidance in Mandla v Dowell Lee [1983] 2 AC 548 HL applies to any group of people. That is a matter for the courts.