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									    Minority Ethnic Matters Overview                                             14 January 2008 / Issue 113


         MEMO is produced by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
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                    forthcoming conferences and news reports.


                                              Contents
            Immigration and Asylum                     Bills in Progress
            Race Relations                             Consultations
            Race Equality                              Job Opportunities
            Racism                                     Funding Opportunities
            Other Westminster                          Events/Conferences/Training Courses
            New Publications                           Useful Links
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Immigration and Asylum
 Holyrood Parliamentary Questions
   Bob Doris (S3O-1777): To ask the Scottish Executive what concerns it has in respect of workers
   entering Scotland under the fresh talent initiative, in light of reports of the exploitation of migrant
   workers.
          Reply from Linda Fabiani: The Scottish Government believes that the exploitation of any
          worker is unacceptable. Of course, the Scottish economy is benefiting from the many
          migrants who, through the fresh talent initiative and otherwise, have chosen to come and
          work in our country. We are working closely with partners, including the Convention of
          Scottish Local Authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to increase knowledge of
          workers' rights and to ensure that migrant workers have the information that they need to
          avoid exploitation.
          The member may be interested to know that, when I visit the Highlands this weekend, I
          will visit the relocation advisory service in Inverness to hear at first hand from some of the
          workers there about the issues that are being faced in the Highland area.
   Question and answer session continues on following page




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Immigration and Asylum
Holyrood Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Question and answer session continued from previous page:
  Bob Doris: Clearly, the level of exploitation that is experienced by different migrant worker
  groups varies. Migrant workers under the fresh talent initiative generally fare better than many
  others.
  The minister might be aware of last December's joint report from Citizens Advice and Citizens
  Advice Scotland, which warned that
  "exploitative practices such as non payment of tax and national insurance are putting good
  employers at a competitive disadvantage".
  It also said that many migrant employees suffer exploitation. For example, they might not receive
  the minimum wage, they might
  "be required to work excessively long hours or are denied proper rest breaks",
  and they could
  "be summarily dismissed simply for being pregnant".
  Does the minister believe that all migrant workers should have similar levels of protection in the
  workplace? Given the reserved nature of much of the legislation governing this issue, will the
  Scottish Government consider working in
  conjunction with the United Kingdom Administration to tackle such inequality and social injustice?
          Reply from Linda Fabiani: I am aware of the reports of exploitative practice by
          unscrupulous employers. I very much commend the valuable work that has been carried
          out by such organisations as Citizens Advice Scotland, the Advisory, Conciliation and
          Arbitration Service and the unions to help individuals to understand their rights. It is, of
          course, completely unacceptable that some employers choose not to comply with statutory
          requirements in respect of workers' employment rights.
          These matters are, of course, reserved, as Mr Doris said, but migrant workers have the
          same legal safeguards as workers from the indigenous population, and enforcement of the
          national minimum wage is the responsibility of HM Revenue and Customs, apart from in
          the agricultural sector, on which members have expressed concern regarding particular
          types of exploitation of migrant workers. In that sector, enforcement comes from the
          agricultural wages inspectors, and a helpline is available.
          A mechanism exists that could be used for working closely with the UK Government on
          such matters—the joint ministerial committees that were set up at the beginning of
          devolution. There is a sub-committee on poverty, which I feel would be an ideal vehicle to
          discuss matters and to ensure that people throughout the UK are not exploited. Sadly, it
          has met only three times, the last time being in 2002. I very much hope that the Prime
          Minister of the UK will shortly answer the First Minister's letter of August regarding the
          reinstatement of such a committee, so that matters can be fully discussed.
  http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-08/sor0110-
  02.htm#Col4949

  Elaine Murray (S3W-8168): To ask the Scottish Executive what support it will provide for the
  teaching of English as a second language in each year of the 2007-10 spending review and how
  this support will be distributed.
  http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/businessBulletin/bb-08/bb-01-07e.htm




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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Harry Cohen [177042]: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage
  of crimes recorded as racially motivated were perpetrated against asylum seekers in the last (a)
  year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years.
          Reply from Vernon Coaker: The information requested is not available centrally. The
          Home Office collects and publishes data on the number of racially or religiously
          aggravated offences recorded by the police. However, no information is collected on the
          status of the victims of these crimes.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080109/text/80109w0010.htm#
  08010979000027

  Mike Hancock [175497]: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures
  she has put in place to ensure that immigrants applying for skilled jobs in the UK who are from
  countries where English is not the first language will not be discriminated against as a result of
  the English language test requirement.
          Reply from Liam Byrne: The Government are introducing the new points based system
          (PBS) to ensure that decisions on migration are objective, transparent and fair. While we
          recognise that an English language test presents an additional requirement for migrants,
          this is an important element of the new PBS which will help facilitate the integration of
          skilled workers coming to live and work in the UK. We expect that majority of skilled
          workers coming to the UK should be able to meet this requirement. Nevertheless, we will
          closely monitor the implementation of this requirement, and prior to launch of the PBS we
          will carry out an equality impact assessment.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080110/text/80110w0015.htm#
  08011072000129

  Anthony Steen (176121): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local
  Government, what additional funds were made available to local authority social services to
  provide care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in each of the last three years, broken
  down by local authority; and if she will make a statement.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80107w01.htm

  Anthony Steen (176123): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local
  Government, if she will make it her policy to ensure that records with photographs are kept by
  every local authority social service department of the children that come into their care from
  ports of entry.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80107w01.htm

  Anthony Steen (176125): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how
  many children (a) were in the care of local authority social services, (b) came into care as
  unaccompanied asylum seeking children and (c) have gone missing from care in each of the last
  three years.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80107w01.htm




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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  James Clappison (177337): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will
  give a breakdown by (a) sex and (b) age group of asylum applicants granted leave to remain in
  the UK via (i) asylum status, (ii) exceptional leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain or
  humanitarian protection, (iii) the 1998 backlog exercise and (iv) the 2000 family ILR exercise in
  each year since 1997.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80109w01.htm

  James Clappison (177338): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many
  (a) asylum seekers and (b) dependants of asylum seekers have been given leave to remain in
  the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by type of leave granted.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80109w01.htm


Westminster Early Day Motions
  Diane Abbott (634) Children in immigration detention - That this House is concerned that the
  Government persists in detaining children and their families in immigration removal centres;
  notes that recent work by Save the Children, Bail for Immigration Detainees, the Office of the UN
  High Commissioner for Refugees, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Legal Action for Women,
  Refugee Council and the Children's Commissioner of England among others have found that
  detention centres are not suitable places for children to live; further notes that despite these
  objections children continue to be held in detention centres, at times for over 28 days; believes
  that holding children and families who are extremely vulnerable and in need of social and
  psychological help contravenes a plethora of human rights principles and laws; and calls on the
  Government to bring an end to the appalling practice of detaining children and vulnerable
  people.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/80107e01.htm

  Dianne Abbott (635) Allegations of racist abuse in immigration detention - That this House
  is alarmed by the recent report commissioned by the Border and Immigration Agency into
  allegations of racism in immigration detention centres; notes that investigations at immigration
  detention centres across the country found a catalogue of racist incidents and mistreatment of
  detainees; further notes that the report finds internal inquiries taking place at some centres to be
  inadequate; and calls on the Government to take urgent action to ensure staff working in these
  centres are fully trained in race relations and to create a robust system for internal inspection at
  the centres.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/80107e01.htm




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Immigration and Asylum
Westminster Early Day Motions (continued)
  Will Rennie (660) Zimbabwean Refugees - That this House is concerned by the plight of
  Zimbabwean refugees who are reduced to begging on the street by an asylum system that does
  not recognise the dangers of returning them to Zimbabwe; notes the Tenth Report of the Joint
  Committee on Human Rights and deplores the enforced destitution reported within as occurring
  to those failed asylum seekers who rightly fear for their safety upon return to their country of
  origin; and urges the Government to take the applications of Zimbabwean refugees more
  seriously.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/80109e01.htm


Press Releases
  Asylum seeker children entrapped in poverty
  http://www.barnardos.org.uk/news_and_events/media_centre/press_releases.htm?ref=33812

  Is immigration the cure for a declining working population?
  http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/story_page/047-17502-007-01-01-908-
  20080107STO17493-2008-07-01-2008/default_en.htm


New publications
  Like any other child (summary)
  http://www.barnardos.org.uk/like_any_other_child_asylum_report08_summary.pdf

  The conditions in centres for third country national (detention camps, open centres as
  well as transit centres and transit zones) with a particular focus on provisions and
  facilities for persons with special needs in the 25 EU member states
  http://www.statewatch.org/news/2007/dec/eu-ep-detention-centres-report.pdf

  Welcome to Europe! A Guide to Resettlement: A Comparative Review of Resettlement in
  Europe
  http://www.icmc.net/pdf/welcome_to_europe.pdf

  Educational achievement of immigrant students - an indicator of successful integration
  http://eumc.europa.eu/eumc/index.php?fuseaction=content.dsp_cat_content&catid=476bbe34e6
  f40&contentid=478391f39176e




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Immigration and Asylum (continued)
News
  Asylum backlog „locks youngsters into years of fear‟
  http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/other/display.var.1945923.0.Asylum_backlog_locks_youngsters
  _into_years_of_fear.php

  Order to halt student deportations
  http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/latest-national-news/Order-to-halt-student-
  deportations.3645077.jp

  Overstaying students 'can remain'
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7174388.stm

  Charity urges asylum work reform
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7174287.stm

  Help needed for migrant workers
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7175009.stm

  Help on way for migrant workers
  http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149664&command=displayConten
  t&sourceNode=149490&contentPK=19478957&folderPk=85696&pNodeId=149211

  Family split by pull of the west
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7176260.stm

  Salmond to raise English test worries
  http://www.theherald.co.uk/politics/news/display.var.1951358.0.Salmond_to_raise_English_test_
  worries.php

  Shortage of curry chefs as immigration changes start to bite
  http://news.scotsman.com/uk/Shortage-of-curry-chefs-as.3652353.jp

  Cancer patient loses visa battle
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7178416.stm

  Bid to reverse terminally ill mother's deportation hit by legal ruling
  http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/uk/Bid-to-reverse-terminally-ill.3667461.jp

  City firms asked to back aid worker for immigrants
  http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149664&command=displayConten
  t&sourceNode=149490&contentPK=19492867&folderPk=85696&pNodeId=149221




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 Immigration and Asylum
 News (continued)
   Burmese family wins right to stay in Shetland after five-year battle
   http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1954417.0.Burmese_family_wins_right_to_sta
   y_in_Shetland_after_fiveyear_battle.php

   Deportation threat is lifted from Shetland family after four-year fight
   http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Deportation-threat-is-lifted-from.3657631.jp

   Removed patient in care struggle
   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7182467.stm

   Immigrant crime: Police 'let down'
   http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/latest-national-news/Immigrant-crime-Police-39let-
   down39.3666411.jp

   Immigrant crime: Police 'let down'
   http://www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=206842&command=displayConten
   t&sourceNode=149359&contentPK=19535853&folderPk=85687&pNodeId=200352

   Joy as asylum family are allowed to stay in Glasgow
   http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.1958194.0.joy_as_asylum_family_are_allowed_
   to_stay_in_glasgow.php

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Race Relations
 News
   Muslim Britain is becoming one big no-go area
   http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article3176455.ece

   Muslims must do more to integrate, says poll
   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=VHQF10CXSQM5LQFIQMGSFGGAVC
   BQWIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/13/nalien213.xml

   'I feel like an alien in my home town'
   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=VHQF10CXSQM5LQFIQMGSFGGAVC
   BQWIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/13/nalien113.xml




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 Race Relations
 News (continued)
   Bishop right to tackle no-go area in our minds
   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;jsessionid=VHQF10CXSQM5LQFIQMGSFGGAV
   CBQWIV0?xml=/opinion/2008/01/13/do1303.xml

   Was Bishop Nazir-Ali right to speak out?
   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=VHQF10CXSQM5LQFIQMGSFGGAVC
   BQWIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/13/nalien313.xml

   Faiths come together in school experiment
   http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,2239991,00.html


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Race Equality
 Westminster Parliamentary Questions
   Philip Davies [173841]: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by
   his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of
   the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his
   Department for this purpose.
           Reply from Ben Bradshaw: The Department has a continuing commitment to equality
           and diversity, which conforms to all statutory duties and supports the Cabinet Office
           Diversity 10 Point Plan. There is a small equality and diversity team, which is responsible
           for strategy and policy development. However, the delivery of the diversity agenda is
           mainstreamed across all functions and roles—both in the Human Resources Branch and
           the wider organisation. Because considerations of equality and diversity have become,
           over the years, integral components of the business and hence a very wide range of staff
           activities it is not possible to separately identify and report on costs for those components
           without incurring disproportionate costs.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080107/text/80107w0020.htm
   #08010822000012




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Race Equality
Westminster Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Philip Davies [173814]: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been
  spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in
  each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed
  by his Department for this purpose.
         Reply from Shaun Woodward: The following tables show the Department's spending
         on equality and diversity for the years requested:
                       (a) Spent in total                  (b) Spent on staff costs
                                   Cost (£)                           Cost (£)
                       2004-05 145,124.30                  2004-05 111,404.30
                       2005-06 129,684.60                  2005-06 107,826.60
                       2006-07 102,551.43                  2006-07 101,051.43

          The Northern Ireland Office fully supports equality and diversity in the workplace and in
          the provision of services to the public. Equality and diversity is embedded into working
          practices across the Department and is not limited to certain staff. However, the
          Department does employ eight people who, among other duties, have responsibility for
          ensuring that the Department complies fully with equality legislation. Particular
          programmes in this three year period have included equality training for staff, an annual
          bursary for disabled staff and summer work placements for students from minority ethnic
          backgrounds.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080109/text/80109w0001.htm
  #08010973000026

  Philip Davies [173845]: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how
  much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality
  and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many
  people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
          Reply from Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children Schools and Families is
          committed to an agenda to narrow inequality. Under the relevant legal duties all members
          of the Department have a responsibility for promoting disability, ethnicity, arid gender
          equality. Tackling inequality is central to raising attainment and improving life chances.
          Details of the Department's total resources are published in our annual reports. As a
          Department we also aim to be an exemplary employer, ensuring that all staff have an
          equal opportunity to meet their aspirations and realise their potential
          In the former DFES, and now at DCSF, 13 people are dedicated to work on anti
          discrimination law, mainstreaming a focus on equality into all policy making, and on
          achieving equality as an employer. The budget for this in 2007-08 is £681,530; broken
          down as: salaries £514,067; other related costs £167,463.
          The budget for 2006-07 was £725,216—salaries £563,959; other related costs £161,257.
          The budget for 2005-06 was £675,111—salaries £580,421; other related costs £94,690.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080109/text/80109w0029.htm
  #080109104000011




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Race Equality (continued)
Westminster Early Day Motions
  Mark Durkan (626) Right to marry in the UK - That this House expresses concern at the
  Home Office Certificate of Approval scheme which provides that only those immigrants seeking
  to marry at an Anglican church in England or Wales are exempt from the scheme; considers the
  requirement of permission to marry in the UK for immigrant members of other religions, or no
  religion, or in other parts of the UK, not only to be discriminatory but to be a violation of Articles
  8, 9 and 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights; notes that this questionable scheme
  applies to immigrants regardless of the fact that they may be here lawfully as recognised
  refugees or foreign students and cannot in any case obtain any immigration advantage by
  marrying; recognises the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Baiai and Others that the
  Home Office Certificate of Approval scheme is unlawful; regrets that the Home Office has since
  raised the fee for Certificate of Approval applications to £295 per person; and calls on the Home
  Office to rescind this scheme.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/80107e01.htm


New publications
  Equal Rights versus Special Rights? Minority Protection and the Prohibition of
  Discrimination
  http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/publications/2007/ke7807246_en.pdf


  The invisibility of visible ethnic elder women across Europe
  http://eumc.europa.eu/eumc/index.php?fuseaction=content.dsp_cat_content&catid=476bbe34e
  6f40&contentid=4783926948fd5

News
  Airport worker loses cross case
  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7177942.stm

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Racism
 Holyrood Parliamentary Motion
   Jim Tolson (S3M-1070): Tackling Discrimination—That the Parliament notes the publication of
   Attitudes to Discrimination in Scotland: 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey; welcomes the
   findings that a clear majority of Scots say that Scotland should do everything that it can to get rid
   of all kinds of prejudice but is concerned that 29% say that sometimes there is good reason to
   be prejudiced; further acknowledges that discriminatory attitudes are most commonly expressed
   towards Gypsies/Travellers and transsexual people in Scotland, and consequently calls on the
   Scottish Government to work with the Parliament and civil society to help to address the views of
   this sizeable minority who believe that discriminatory attitudes are acceptable.
           Bashir Ahmad (S3M-1070.1): Tackling Discrimination—As an amendment to motion
           (S3M-1070) in the name of Jim Tolson, after "to be prejudiced;" insert "expresses grave
           concern that 50% of Scots see Muslims coming into Scotland as a cultural threat;".
   http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/businessBulletin/bb-08/bb-01-09f.htm


 Westminster Early Day Motion
   Ian Cawsey (648) Holocaust Memorial Day 2008 -That this House notes Holocaust Memorial
   Day is 27th January, the day the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated; recognises
   the significance of this day and the importance of remembering and learning from the past
   especially when there are those who seek to denigrate and deny its significance; observes that
   the lessons of the Holocaust have not been learnt and racism, anti-semitism and intolerance
   continue in the UK and abroad; further observes that the international community has failed to
   prevent the occurrence of genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Iraq and now Darfur; thanks
   the City of Liverpool for hosting the national event and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for
   organising the day; supports 2008's theme, Imagine, remember, reflect and react; applauds
   organisations like the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) for their work and in particular
   recognises the impact the acclaimed HET visits to Auschwitz have had in shaping young minds;
   notes that a Book of Commitment will be placed in the corridor between the hon. Members'
   Cloakroom and hon. Members' Staircase between 1430 and 1630, Monday 21st to Wednesday
   23rd January; and encourages all hon. Members to sign it and mark a day that helps to ensure
   the memory of the Holocaust is kept alive to serve as a warning now and in the future.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmedm/80108e01.htm


 New publications
   Human Rights First: Country-by-Country Hate Crime Report Card 2007
   http://www.humanrightsfirst.info/pdf/071217-discrim-hc-report-card-2007.pdf

   Addressing Anti-Semitism: Why and How? A Guide for Educators
   http://www.osce.org/documents/odihr/2007/12/28962_en.pdf




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 Racism (continued)
 News
   Shopkeeper's disgust over bigoted graffiti
   http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh/Shopkeeper39s--disgust-over-
   bigoted.3658857.jp

   Race claim lawyer 'not credible'
   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7182158.stm

   Lawyers branded 'not credible' as woman is cleared of racial abuse
   http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Lawyers---branded-39not.3662895.jp

   Anwar racial abuse case „not credible‟
   http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.1958338.0.anwar_racial_abuse_case_not_cre
   dible.php

   Folk CD aims to deter sectarianism in pupils
   http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.1961689.0.folk_cd_aims_to_deter_
   sectarianism_in_pupils.php

   Muslim fury at top Tory's 'bigotry'
   http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2239881,00.html
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Other Westminster
 Parliamentary Questions
   David Laws [175146]: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what
   proportion of religious schools select pupils for admission by faith; and if he will make a
   statement.
           Reply from Jim Knight: Schools are not allowed to select pupils for admission by faith.
           Schools designated as having a religious character under section 69 of the School
           Standards and Framework Act 1998 may give priority, when oversubscribed, to children
           on the basis that they are members of or practise their faith. We know that practices vary
           widely and that a number of schools with a religious character do not give priority on the
           basis of faith and others offer a proportion of places to children without reference to faith.
           The priority given to faith applicants is not ―selection‖ (as the term is used in education
           law) because it does not relate to academic aptitude or ability.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080107/text/80107w0044.htm
   #08010824000015




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Other Westminster
Parliamentary Questions (continued)
  Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government: [HL964] What are the reasons for
  delaying the coming into force of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 until autumn
  2008.
          Reply from Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government are working to implement the
          Act as speedily as possible. As the Government stated during the passage of the Bill,
          implementation of any legislation requires a significant programme of work. In overview,
          this programme of work will include the development of the necessary court rules and
          forms, the setting up of the appropriate court processing systems, guidance developed
          for staff and judicial training undertaken. The views of the public will also be taken into
          account and the Government have already published a public consultation on the issue
          of who should be a relevant third party to forced marriage proceedings. The
          implementation plan therefore includes the time needed to prepare staff and the judiciary
          and to ensure that support systems are in position once the Act comes into force.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldhansrd/text/80107w0004.htm#0801071600
  0041

  Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government [HL965]: What are their plans for
  ensuring that the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 is implemented effectively.
          Reply from Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Government have recently announced that
          the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 will be brought into force in autumn 2008.
          During the next year there are plans to ensure that the necessary court rules and forms
          are developed, appropriate court processing systems put in place, guidance developed
          for staff and judicial training undertaken. The views of the public will also be taken into
          account and the Government have already published a public consultation on the issue
          of who should be a relevant third party to forced marriage proceedings.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldhansrd/text/80107w0004.htm#0801071600
  0041

  Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government [HL966]: What civil protection will
  be given to the victims of forced marriage during the period before the Forced Marriage (Civil
  Protection) Act 2007 is brought into force.
          Reply from Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007
          adds to the existing civil protection that is already available to victims of forced marriage.
          This includes civil remedies under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and non-
          molestation orders under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 as well as injunctions.
          Applications for protection under the Children Act 1989 and High Court wardship
          proceedings may be made in the case of victims of forced marriage who are children.
  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldhansrd/text/80107w0005.htm




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 Other Westminster
 Parliamentary Questions (continued)
   Theresa May [174506]: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many alleged
   incidents of forced marriage have been reported to the Government‘s Forced Marriages Unit in
   each year since its establishment.
           Reply from Barbara Follett: The Forced Marriage Unit was established in 2005 as the
           Government‘s one stop shop for dealing with forced marriage casework, policy and
           projects.
           The Forced Marriage Unit receives 5,000 inquiries and handles approximately 300 cases
           a year. Subject to concerns about maintaining confidentiality, a new system to capture
           data on cases will be implemented next year.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080110/text/80110w0001.htm
   #08011065000012

   David Kidney [174230]: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what
   assessment the Government has made of the effect of (a) recent and (b) proposed anti-
   terrorism legislation on civil liberties and human rights.
           Reply from Tony McNulty: We believe that our recent and proposed counter-terrorism
           legislation is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. It will continue
           to be the case that all of our counter-terrorism measures have to be set in the context of
           our general commitment to human rights and the protection of individual freedoms. We
           strive to achieve the appropriate balance between the measures necessary to deal with
           the very real threat to national security posed by terrorism and the need to avoid
           diminishing the civil and human rights of the population.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080108/text/80108w0024.htm
   #08010924000027

   Tony Baldry (177881): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the
   Government is taking to improve access to suitable financial instruments to reduce financial
   exclusion amongst those unable to use conventional financial arrangements due to their
   religious beliefs.
   http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmordbk1/80110w01.htm
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Other News
    Veil row magistrate reprimanded
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7177455.stm

    Government may scrap blasphemy laws
    http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/latest-national-news/Government-may-scrap-blasphemy-
    laws.3655259.jp

    Blasphemy law 'may be abolished'
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7178439.stm

    Government loses faith in growth of religious schools
    http://news.independent.co.uk/education/education_news/article3324436.ece

    Balls steps back from faith schools plan
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/11/nschool411.xml

    UK mosque fights global warming
    http://www.islamonline.com/news/newsfull.php?newid=77468

    Punjabi fears as exams dropped
    http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.1961802.0.punjabi_fears_as_exa
    ms_dropped.php
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Bills in Progress
    ** New or updated this week

  Holyrood
    Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill
    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/04-GlasgowCommGames/b4s3-introd.pdf

    Public Health Bill
    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/03-PublicHealth/b3s3-introd.pdf

    Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice
    Statement by Patrick Harvie MSP
    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/bills/MembersBills/pdfs/prejudice_reasons.pdf
    Equal Opportunities Committee consideration of statement
    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/equal/or-07/eo07-0502.htm#Col66




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  Bills in Progress (continued)
  Westminster
    ** Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmbills/015/08015.i-vii.html
    proposed amendments
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmbills/015/amend/pb0150701a.117-
    123.html
    Parliamentary consideration (House of Commons)
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080109/debtext/80109-
    0004.htm#08010972000003
    and
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm080109/debtext/80109-
    0007.htm#08010972000001


    Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmbills/043/2007043.pdf


    ** Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/006/2008006.pdf
    proposed amendments
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/006/amend/am006-rc.htm
    and
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/006/amend/am006-rd.htm
    and
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200708/ldbills/006/amend/am006-re.htm

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Consultations (closing date)
     ** New or updated this week

     National Galleries of Scotland Race Equality Scheme (no closing date given)
     http://www.nationalgalleries.org/aboutus/page/1:4714

     The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill (18 January 2008)
     http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/s3/committees/hs/ThePublicHealthetc.ScotlandBill.htm




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Consultations (continued)
  Policy proposals for secondary legislation associated with the Protection of Vulnerable
  Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (12 February 2008)
  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/201935/0053824.pdf

  Marriage Visas: Pre-Entry English Requirement For Spouses (27 February 2008)
  http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/6353/6356/17715/englishforspouseconsultation.pdf

  Marriage to Partners from Overseas (27 February 2008)
  http://www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk/6353/6356/17715/forcedmarriageconsultation.pdf

  Paying for water services 2010-14: A consultation on the principles of charging for water
  services (29 February 2008)
  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/204476/0054421.pdf

  Diversity Delivers: Consultation on the proposed strategy for enhancing equal
  opportunities in Scotland‟s ministerial public appointments process (7 March 2008)
  http://www.ocpa-
  scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/DiversityDeliversConsultationNov2007FINALPDF.pdf
           Annex A: Summary of the Ministerial Public Appointments Process in Scotland
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexA-
            TheMinisterialPublicAppointmentsProcessinScotland.pdf
           Annex B: Summary of research conducted
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexB-
            SummaryofResearchConducted.pdf
           Annex C: Stage One Research
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexC-
            StageOneResearch.pdf
           Annex D: Stage Two Research
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexD-
            StageTwoResearch.pdf
           Annex E: Summary of Stage Three Research
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexE-
            StageThreeResearch.pdf
           Annex F: Summary of Previous Research on Diversity in Public Appointments
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexF-
            SummaryofPreviousResearchonDiversityinPublicAppointments.pdf
           Annex G: Legal Duties
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexG-LegalDuties.pdf
           Annex H: The Public Appointments Hallmark
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexH-
            ThePublicAppointmentsHallmark.pdf
           Annex I: Rapid Impact Assessment for the Proposed Strategy
            http://www.ocpa-scot.org.uk/consultations/documents/AnnexH-
            ThePublicAppointmentsHallmark.pdf




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 Consultations (continued)
   "Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side": A framework for inter faith dialogue and social action
   (7 March 2008)
   http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/613367

   Visitor Visas (10 March 2008)
   http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/consultations/visitorsconsultationpaper
   /visitorvisaconsultation.pdf?view=Binary

   Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 – Relevant Third Party (14 March 2008)
   http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/consultation-31-07.pdf

   Focusing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) on Community Cohesion
   (4 April 2008)
   http://www.dius.gov.uk/publications/esol_consultation.pdf

   ** Meeting the Charity Test (7 April 2007)
   http://www.oscr.org.uk/DocumentViewer.aspx?id=5455d7cc-a60c-456e-9d06-e623144e8359

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Funding Opportunities
   Equality and Human Rights Commission Interim Grant Programme (closing date for
   applications 4 February 2008)
   Three broad Priority Areas have been developed to offer the flexibility applicants may need to
   cater for particular local needs and demands. The funding Priority Areas for 2008/09 are:
   Promoting Good Relations, Promoting Equality and Human Rights, and Casework. For
   information see
   http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/Documents/Corporate%20info/grant%20forms/Interim_Gra
   nts_Guidance_notes.pdf
   and for application form
   http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/Documents/Corporate%20info/grant%20forms/EHRC_Gra
   nt_Application_electronic_form_English.doc
   (See also grant-funding seminars in next section)
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Events/Conferences/Training Courses
   ** New or updated this week

   ** this week!
   Equalities and Human Rights Commission Grant-Funding Seminars
   14 January 2008 in Glasgow (10.30 – 1.00)
   17 January 2008 in Inverness (10.00 – 12.30)
   For information contact Angelika Enayati 0131 557 7809 /
   angelika.enayati@equalityhumanrights.com

   ** this week!
   Scottish Refugee Council AGM and public meeting “Access to Fortress Europe”
   18 January 2008 in Glasgow (1.00 – 4.30)
   The keynote speaker will be Christopher Hein of the Italian Refugee Council, who will discuss
   the devastating consequences of the controls that have been put in place to prevent refugees
   ever reaching EU territory. For information, and confirm attendance, please contact Maggie
   MacRitchie maggie.macritchie@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

   ** this week!
   Advising the Economic Migrant
   18 January 2008 in Glasgow (10 .00 – 4.00)
   Legal Services Agency conference to look at the social security and housing needs of the new
   Europeans – particularly the people from the ―A8‖ and ―EU2‖ countries - coming to Scotland, as
   well as issues involving workers from Commonwealth countries. For information see
   http://www.lsa.org.uk/advisingtheeconomicmigrant.aspx of contact the LSA 0141 353 3354.

   Diversity & Equality Planning Workshop
   22 January 2008 in Glasgow (9.45-1.00)
   PAiH workshop to explore the issue of equality and diversity, identify ways in which common
   prejudices and stereotypes can lead to discrimination and unfair treatment., identify social
   exclusion, and understand its impact on service delivery, and explain what is meant by the
   terms ‗equal opportunities‘ and ‗diversity‘ and the regulatory framework that underpins equality.
   For information contact Zandra Yeaman 0141 353 2220 / zandra@paih.org

   Understanding Cultural Diversity and Managing Culturally Competent Services
   31 January 2008 in Glasgow (10.00 – 4.00)
   REACH training on Cultural Diversity and Managing Cultural Competency to share knowledge,
   experiences, and strategies in management of people from different backgrounds, countries,
   and religions; to acknowledge and appreciate the role of cultural diversity and develop skills
   needed for appropriate community engagement; and to develop attributes required for cultural
   competency and understand process involved in achieving cultural competency at workplace.
   Please note that there are a limited number of places available and will be allocated on first
   come first serve basis. So please let us know by 23 rd of January if you wish to attend. For
   information contact Dr Monika Fotedar at REACH 0141 585 8105/8022 /
   monika@reachhealth.org.uk and see www.reachhealth.org.uk




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 Events/Conferences/Training Courses                   (continued)

   ** Meeting the Charity Test (consultation events)
   4 February 2008 in Edinburgh (9.30 – 12.30; 2.00 – 4.30; 5.00 – 7.30)
   6 February 2008 in Glasgow (9.30 – 12.30; 2.00 – 5.00)
   13 February 2008 in Perth (9.30 – 12.30)
   18 February 2008 in Edinburgh (9.30 – 12.30; 2.00 – 5.00)
   25 February 2008 in Aberdeen (10.30 – 1.30)
   27 February 2008 in Glasgow (9.30 – 12.30; 2.00 – 5.00)
   The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator published its guidance ―Meeting the Charity Test‖ in
   2006, a guide as to how OSCR applies the charity test under the Charities and Trustee
   Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Since then there has been considerable development in the
   application of the charity test, and OSCR is now consulting on its revised draft guidance. For
   information, and to book a place, contact Martin Tyson on 01382 346892 /
   consulations@oscr.org.uk

   Diversity Delivers (consultation events)
   7 February 2008 in Edinburgh (10.30-3.00)
   12 February 2007 in Glasgow (10.30-3.00)
   22 February 2007 in Inverness (10.30-3.00)
   The Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland consultation events about
   enhancing equal opportunities in Scotland's public appointments process. For information
   contact Corynne MacLean 0131 718 6309 / info@publicappointments.org

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Useful Links
   Scottish Parliament http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/home.htm

   Scottish Executive http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Home

   Westminster Parliament http://www.parliament.uk/

   Directgov (links to UK Government Departments)
   http://www.direct.gov.uk/Dl1/Directories/AToZOfCentralGovernment/fs/en?CONTENT_ID=10013
   528&chk=8b2gQw

   European Parliament http://www.europarl.eu.int/parliament/public.do?language=en

   One Scotland Many Cultures
   http://www.onescotland.com/onescotland/osmc_display_home.jsp?pContentID=2&p_applic=CC
   C&pElementID=1&pMenuID=1&p_service=Content.show&




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Useful Links (continued)
  Equality and Human Rights Commission
  http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/Pages/default.aspx

  ACAS www.acas.org.uk

  SCVO http://www.scvo.org.uk/scvo/Home/Home.aspx

  Volunteer Development Scotland www.vds.org.uk

  Social Economy Scotland http://www.socialeconomyscotland.info/content/index.asp

  Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) http://www.oscr.org.uk/Index.stm

  Central Registered Body for Scotland (CRBS) http://www.crbs.org.uk/

  Disclosure Scotland http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/

  BBC News24 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/default.stm

  BBC Parliament online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/bbc_parliament/default.stm


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