House of Lords written question – answered on 10th October 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 23 September (WA 428), whether they will now give their assessment of the number of Coptic Christians leaving Egypt since 2010.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Coptic Orthodox Church of the UK has stated that 600,000 Copts have left Egypt since the early 1980s. We remain concerned that large numbers of Coptic Christians have left Egypt in recent years. However no official records are kept in Egypt and we have no means of verifying that number.

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