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Immigration Rules And English Language Fluency For Ministers Of Religion

EDM number 458 in 2004-05, proposed by Sarah Teather on 10/01/2005.

That this House notes with concern the implications for Hindu temples of the new Home Office immigration rules affecting minister of religion, effective from 31st August 2004, which require all such ministers to demonstrate fluency in the English language to level 4; notes that this hampers the recruitment of Poojaries in particular, whose roles are highly specialised and who are trained in India; further notes that the role of a Poojari is to perform the daily rites for the Hindu gods in the temple and Arti, which involve caring for the gods on a daily basis with prayers and meditation; further notes that these daily rites are central to the Hindu religion; further notes that the role of a Poojari does not involve preaching to the congregation and that this role is generally performed by Swarmis, Sadhus or Hindu preachers, who have knowledge of English; further notes that the Poojari's job requires knowledge of Hindu texts written in Sanskrit and knowledge of Gujarati and Hindi for sung worship, but not English; regrets that the Home Office would appear to have introduced regulations based on a Judaeo-Christian model of worship without considering the implications for other faiths; and calls upon the Home Office to amend its regulations to provide an exception to Poojaries because they do not preach.

This motion has been signed by a total of 48 MPs.

Sarah Teather10/01/2005Brent EastLiberal DemocratProposed
Mark Oaten10/01/2005WinchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Edward Davey10/01/2005Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George10/01/2005St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Parmjit Gill10/01/2005Leicester SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
John Bercow10/01/2005BuckinghamConservativeSigned
Keith Vaz10/01/2005Leicester EastLabourSigned
Tom Brake11/01/2005Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock11/01/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Dismore11/01/2005HendonLabourSigned
Martin Caton11/01/2005GowerLabourSigned
Vincent Cable11/01/2005TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris11/01/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins12/01/2005Luton NorthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis12/01/2005Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Dennis Turner12/01/2005Wolverhampton South EastLabour Co-operativeSigned
Michael Moore12/01/2005Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell12/01/2005Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Nigel Jones12/01/2005CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Hughes12/01/2005North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Burden13/01/2005Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Tony Colman13/01/2005PutneyLabourSigned
Matthew Green13/01/2005LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler13/01/2005North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Marsden17/01/2005Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Steve Webb17/01/2005NorthavonLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell17/01/2005Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Jenny Tonge17/01/2005Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Pound18/01/2005Ealing NorthLabourSigned
Andy King18/01/2005Rugby & KenilworthLabourSigned
Sue Doughty18/01/2005GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Don Foster18/01/2005BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Allan18/01/2005Sheffield, HallamLiberal DemocratSigned
John Pugh19/01/2005SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Lamb19/01/2005North NorfolkLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross20/01/2005TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
David Chidgey20/01/2005EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Andy Reed20/01/2005LoughboroughLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alan Simpson24/01/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
David Crausby27/01/2005Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Brian White27/01/2005North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Nick Harvey31/01/2005North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Patsy Calton01/02/2005CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Austin03/02/2005Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Patrick Hall10/02/2005BedfordLabourSigned
Adrian Bailey23/02/2005West Bromwich WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Barrett01/03/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Hepburn09/03/2005JarrowLabourSigned

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