Niqabs

Lord Sheikh:

To Ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to proposals for a ban on the niqab in the United Kingdom.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Hanham): The Government would oppose a change in the law as being out of keeping with our nation’s long-standing approach to religious tolerance. A ban on what citizens can wear in the street would be an attack on the British rights and values of freedom of speech, freedom to associate and freedom of worship.

Updated: 07/11/2010 — 3:51 PM