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Ministers questioned on government's integration and citizenship strategies

13 December 2017

The Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement questions Tracey Crouch MP, Nick Gibb MP, Brandon Lewis MP and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on Wednesday 13 December.

Witnesses

Wednesday 13 December, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Faith, DCLG
  • Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, DCMS
  • Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards and Minister for Equalities, Department for Education
  • Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Immigration, Home Office

Possible areas of discussion

  • Does the Government see a common theme of citizenship running through the three new strategies on democratic engagement, integration and civil society?
  • Where is the right boundary between respecting the universal rights laid out in the Government’s Fundamental British values and respecting the individual rights of communities to their own specific identities?
  • Is it helpful to link promoting Fundamental British Values with counter-extremism?
  • Why does the Government not consider the training of citizenship specialist teachers as a priority?
  • What information does the Government have about areas with low levels of social capital particularly areas with large numbers of white working class?
  • What is the Government doing to help older and disabled people volunteer?
  • What efforts have the Government made when engaging with minority communities to reach past the usual suspects and gate keepers to engage with broader civil society?
  • What is the Government doing to ensure communities feel ownership of Prevent?

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