Jainism: Census

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st May 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to including Jainism as a religion in the 2021 census.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they gave to including Zoroastrianism as a religion in the 2021 census.

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Everyone who wishes to identify as being Jain or Zoroastrian in the 2021 Census will be able to do so, using the write-in option in the religion question, supported online by the new search-as-you-type function. Both the Government and Office for National Statistics recognise the importance of ensuring that everyone who wishes to identify as Jain or Zoroastrian will be able to do so.

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