Faith Communities Unit

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Lord Janner of Braunstone Lord Janner of Braunstone Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the remit of the Home Office Faith Communities Unit.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Criminal Justice and Offender Management)

The remit of the Faith Communities Unit is to:

provide Ministers with advice on religious issues; take forward the manifesto commitment to review the way in which government interfaces with faith communities, and produce advice for government departments on how to consult faith communities effectively; develop the Government's links with faith communities, so as to help mutual understanding of the impact of government policies on these communities; engage with faith communities, so as to encourage their participation at all levels in civil society; promote dialogue between faith communities, in particular among young people, in order to encourage strong inter-faith relationships; examine issues surrounding religiously aggravated crime and incitement to religious hatred; deliver Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January each year); and raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance to all of society.

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