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Government Departments: Religions and Faiths

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what religions and faiths are officially recognised by each government department. [HL1353]

Her Majesty's Government have no policy of officially extending recognition to religions and faiths. Government departments routinely work with representatives of a wide range of religion or belief groups in delivering policies relevant to them, and with organisations representing those of no belief.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what religious groups or affiliated organisations have received public funding from each government department in each of the past five years. [HL1354]

A range of faith-based organisations have received public funding in each of these years, normally in the context of providing public services or advising Her Majesty’s Government. Similarly, a number of bodies seeking to promote inter-faith activity and dialogue at national, regional and local level have received funding in this period. However, a comprehensive list of such bodies is not centrally held and could only be created at disproportionate cost.