Cornish National Identity: 2021 Census

Part of Women and Equalities Committee – in the House of Commons at 9:34 pm on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion 9:34 pm, 11th June 2018

I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. For what it is worth, he can count on the support of Plaid Cymru—his cousins across St George’s channel—in getting this tick box for the Cornish identity. Does he agree that doing so is of not just symbolic, but practical, importance? It is symbolic in that the census would then acknowledge the Cornish nation, just as it does the other Celtic nations of the UK. It would also be of practical importance in allowing the UK Government better to prepare for issues such as the Cornish language.