Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:10 pm on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party 12:10 pm, 18th July 2019

I suspect that a number of my constituents will be very interested in the Select Committee’s report, not least because each recent census has significantly under-reported those of the Jain or Zoroastrian faith in the UK, making it harder for both faith groups to win recognition for their communities both in Whitehall and across key public services, from the NHS to the BBC. Will the hon. Gentleman join me in urging the Office for National Statistics to review its decision not to allow a clearer opportunity in the 2021 census for Jains and Zoroastrians to register their faith adherence?