Public Sector: National Identity

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd December 2016.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require public servants to take an oath of obedience to British values; and if so, what sanctions will apply for a refusal to do so.

Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require public servants in Northern Ireland to take an oath of obedience to British values.

Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any calculation has been made of the estimated cost to the public purse of administering the proposed oath of obedience to British values.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

My Right Honourable Friend, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made clear he will be studying Dame Louise Casey’s Review of integration and opportunity closely. As part of those considerations, we will consider carefully, in consultation with government colleagues in both the United Kingdom and devolved administrations, Dame Louise’s recommendation that British values be included in a new oath for those in public office.

In spring, we will come forward with our plans for tackling the issues raised by Dame Louise, so that we can continue to build a country that works for everyone.

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