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HOME OFFICE IMMIGRATION RULES AFFECTING POOJARIES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 661: tabled on 21 July 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.