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Home Office Immigration Rules Affecting Poojaries

EDM number 661 in 2005-06, proposed by Sarah Teather on 21/07/2005.

That this House notes with concern the implications for Hindu temples of the new Home Office immigration rules affecting ministers of religion, effective from 31st August 2004, which require all such ministers to demonstrate fluency in the English language to level 4; further 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 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; welcomes the Home Office's decision to re-open consultation on the effect of these rules on Poojaries; recognises the important role played by community organisations such as the Hindu Forum of Britain and the Hindu Council UK in persuading the Home Office to look again at these rules; further notes that the consultation closed on 31st May; and calls on the Home Office to recognise the difficulties that the rules have caused Hindus and for account of these to be taken by ensuring that the Government responds to the consultation as quickly as possible.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Sarah Teather21/07/2005Brent EastLiberal DemocratProposed
Mark Oaten21/07/2005WinchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Edward Davey21/07/2005Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Keith Vaz21/07/2005Leicester EastLabourSeconded
Lynne Featherstone21/07/2005Hornsey and Wood GreenLiberal DemocratSeconded
Alistair Carmichael21/07/2005Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratSeconded
Nicholas Clegg21/07/2005Sheffield, HallamLiberal DemocratSigned
George Galloway10/10/2005Bethnal Green and BowRespectSigned
Peter Bottomley10/10/2005Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Rudi Vis10/10/2005Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
John Leech10/10/2005Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell11/10/2005Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Mike Hancock11/10/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton12/10/2005GowerLabourSigned
Mark Durkan12/10/2005FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Alan Simpson13/10/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Tom Brake13/10/2005Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Clive Efford13/10/2005ElthamLabourSigned
Bill Etherington14/10/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell14/10/2005Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris17/10/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Stephen Williams18/10/2005Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Farron19/10/2005Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Barrett24/10/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Albert Owen25/10/2005Ynys MLabourSigned
Mohammad Sarwar14/11/2005Glasgow CentralLabourSigned

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