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have been looking in recent times to

enhance security arrangements that

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have been put in place and we will

continue to do so.

I felt the Prime

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Minister and all colleagues who have

questioned her this afternoon.

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Order, statement the Secretary of

State for housing, communities and

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local of in. Secretary Sajid Javid.

I would like to make a statement on

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the government's ambition proposals

to build a stronger integrated

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community. Communities where people

whatever their background can live,

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work, learn and social lives

together based on their shared

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rights and opportunities. The

integrated community strategy Green

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paper published today sets out a

bold programme to deliver just this

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vision. Mr Speaker, Britain is a

great place to live. We are one of

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the world's most successful

multiethnic multi-face ascites and

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we should take pride in this

diversity, but as we have seen just

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this week with the abhorrent

punisher Muslim letters, there is a

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determination among some people to

try to divide us. I would like to

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express my support for all of those

who have received these hateful

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letters including the honourable

members for Bethnal Green and Bow,

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Ealing Central and Acton and

Bedford. While there is a lot for us

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to be proud of, there was also more

to do to ensure we have a diverse

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society and that a diverse society

does not need a divided one. Into

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many parts of our country the norm

is mistrust, anxiety and prejudice.

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Things that prevent people from

taking full advantage of the

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opportunities that living in Britain

offers. We can no longer dark this

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issue if we are to ensure this is a

country that works for everyone. To

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that end we have identified five

factors that dry segregation in our

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communities. Firstly, too many

schools are segregated, even where

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the local population is very diverse

and unregulated settings outside

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school can also on occasion expose

children to harmful views. Second,

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there is a residential segregation.

In 2011 41% of ethnic minorities

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lived in wards where white British

people were a minority, an increase

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from 25% just ten years ago. This

reduces opportunities for people to

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mix and form a meaningful

relationships with those from

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different backgrounds. Third,

disproportionately high levels of

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unemployment and economic inactivity

reduced social mobility and can

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increase isolation. 60% of women of

Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnicity

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are inactive in the Labour market

compared to a quarter of their white

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peers. Fourth, according to the last

census, as many as 770,000 adults in

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England could not speak English well

or at all. Without a good

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understanding of our language it is

difficult for anyone to take full

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advantage of the opportunities that

are available and I know this from

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my personal experience just how much

difference it made for my own mother

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when she learned to speak English

more than a decade after moving here

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from Pakistan. And fifth, there was

a lack of meaningful mixing between

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people from different backgrounds.

Evidence suggests that black, white

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and Asian Britons take up only half

of the opportunities available to

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them to mix with people of a

different ethnicity to themselves.

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All of which adds up to a conflict

causing increased tensions within

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and between communities, with women

and girls often at the greatest

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disadvantage. This Green paper sets

out the framework of national

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priority actions to address these

drivers are poor integration and a

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localised approach to delivering

them. In doing so it sets out how we

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will facilitate recent migrant

integration into their communities

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and how we will improve community's

ability to increase integration. To

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ensure that government is leading by

example, I am asking all Whitehall

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departments to review their policies

and to identify areas where they

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could do more to support

integration. For example, my right

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honourable friend the Home Secretary

will review the life in the UK tests

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to see if it can be amended to

strengthen its focus on the

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principles of the UK by which we are

all expected to live. On education,

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the Green paper includes proposals

to ensure that every child receives

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an education that prepares them for

life in modern Britain. This means

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giving them the opportunity to mix

and form lasting relationships with

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those from different backgrounds and

making sure that they receive a

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rounded education which the amounts

British rallies across the

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curriculum.

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To protect children and young people

from moves which undermine our

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shared values, my right honourable

friend the Education Secretary will

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also publish proposals to strengthen

the... We will also stand up against

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harassment of school leaders who,

having consulted, set reasonable

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policies to promote integration.

Unemployment, the Green paper

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outlines how Jobcentre plus world

trial new approaches to break down

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the barriers to employment and to

support people from isolated

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communities into work. However, the

truth is, that you must be able to

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speak English to not only find a job

and to prosper, but also to play a

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full role in society. Which is why

we are proposing to develop a new

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strategy for English language in

England and launch a new

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community-based English-language

programme. The Green paper also

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takes a robust approach to hate

crime, a vile attack not just an

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individual spot on the tolerant and

generous values that underpin

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British society. This paper proposes

strengthening local partnerships so

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that they can identify and adopt the

most effective approaches to

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tackling hate crime and to encourage

more people to report it. But it's

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clearly not enough just to stamp out

hate crime. We need to build hope

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and stronger communities which the

green paper aims to do through

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initiatives such as the integration

innovation fund. This fund will

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allow organisations to test out

approaches to bring people together

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through shared activities and shared

community spaces. Madam Deputy

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Speaker, none of these measures

dilutes the Government's commitment

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to protect peoples legitimate right

to free speech and to practice their

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religion within the law. Indeed, the

green paper reaffirms this

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commitment. But we cannot and we

will not shy away from challenging

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cultural practices which are

harmful, particularly for women and

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girls. Recent news about the abuses

in Telford highlights just how

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important this issue is. Madam

Deputy Speaker, we will also expand

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our strengthening faith institutions

programme to help a wide range of

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faith institutions to tighten up

their governing structures including

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promoting the participation of women

and young people. We will support

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training faith leaders to practice

in a British context by ensuring

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that they understand the British

legal system, British culture and

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our shared values. The recent

independent review of Ejaria law

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also recommended amending

legislation to ensure that civil

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marriages are conducted before or at

the same time as the religious

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marriage ceremony. The Government

shares the concerns which were

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raised in this report and a

supportive of this principle and

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this recommendation. The Secretary

of State for Justice will explore

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the legal and practical challenges

of a limited reform to the law to

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reflect this. We recognise issues

play out differently in different

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places and for different people. So

we are going to work with five very

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different parts of the country.

Blackburn, Bradford, Peter bra,

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Walsall and Waltham Forest to

develop strategies to best approach

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measures on the ground. The best

approach is to look at integration

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measures at the local and national

level so we can assess what works.

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It is a sign of a mature society

that we can discuss these issues

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without lazy stereotyping or

oversensitivity and I look forward

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to a constructive debate with all

those in this House and beyond who

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we can focus with and focus on what

unites us rather than what divides

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us. Guided by this evidence and an

acknowledgement but we'll have a

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role to play, both new arrivals in

making a new life and existing

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communities to support them. As the

proud son of immigrants whose

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parents worked hard to get on and

give something back, I want everyone

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in Britain too enjoyed the same

opportunities to celebrate where

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they come from while playing a full

and proper role in British society,

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to see people from all backgrounds

mixing freely without fear, to

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ensure that everyone, regardless of

whether they are a new arrival they

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can trace their ancestry back to the

Norman conquest feels proud to call

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this country their home. This Green

paper proposes an ambitious

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programme of action across

Government to help achieve just

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that. I commend it to the House.

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and

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I'd like to thank the Secretary of

State for his statement and for

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bringing to the House the

Government's long-awaited

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integration strategy. From the

start, I want to echo his comments

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on the punish the Muslim letters.

The people who did this have no

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place in our society. We must do

much more in this House to speak

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about the power that diversity has

the enrich our lives. In December

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2016, we were told that the

Secretary of State was studying the

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findings very closely and that the

Government's strategy would appear

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in the New Year. 15 months later, I

hope that the delay in publishing

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has given the Secretary of State

sufficient time to reflect and

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produce a robust strategy. However,

I do welcome his decision to visit

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and adult learning Centre in Waltham

Forest this morning, a Labour

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council that despite seeing their

budgets slashed are working hard for

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the community. The Government has

much to learn from the work they are

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doing now. Imagine how much these

vital services could achieve across

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the country if they were properly

funded. I know that the money that

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the Secretary of State has committed

today to that authority will go far

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in supporting the ESO well

programme. Breaking down the

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barriers that exist between

communities is the best tool we have

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two challenge hostility and

mistrust, so we welcome the

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Government's refocus on

English-language provision but these

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actions do little to reverse the

massive cuts which have been

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lamented by his Government.

According to the House of Commons

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library, between 2009 and 2010 and

2015 to 2016, funding for inclusion

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in the second language fell in real

terms from 222 million to just 90

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million. It is unclear what

proportion of the 50 million will be

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used to reverse these cuts, however,

it is clear that it is not enough to

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undo the damage. We recognise how

important it is for people arriving

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into the UK to be able to speak

English, but cuts to the sector have

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left the sector in a dangerous state

of disrepair. Whilst this new

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funding is welcomed, we need to go

further. We have committed two

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re-establishing the English as a

second language classes and making

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them free at the point of use to all

who need them. In her report, Dame

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Casey said the problem has not been

a lack of knowledge but the failure

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of collective persistent world to do

something about it or to give it the

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priority it needs at both national

and local level. It is disappointing

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that there is no new policy today,

but rather another consultation for

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potential policy and one which is

not being incremented nationally but

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amongst a small selection of target

areas. It does seem that that

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disappointment was shared by Dame

Louise. On the today programme this

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morning she said, it will take more

than 50 million over the years and

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it's something the whole country

will have to embrace. The

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differences in this country at the

moment are too great and we need

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something which heals the nation.

She also said that work has been

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done that has often been piecemeal

and lacked a clear programme of

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evaluation and again, she was

disappointed in this today. She

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again said she had hoped for big,

bold strategies to make seismic

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change and you mentioned the rough

sleeping unit that she headed up

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under the last Labour Government and

said we ended the need for people to

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sleep rough on the streets of this

country and we drastically reduced

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anti-social behaviour. I would like

to see coming out of their strategy

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something on that level. Also on

this point, I want to add that the

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Government need to ensure that the

work they are proposing in the Green

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paper is supported with evidence and

has a proper system of evaluation in

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place. I would welcome if the

Secretary of State would provide

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some details of this today. The

Casey review also refers to the rise

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in hate crimes in the EU referendum.

Hate crime soared by 41% after the

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vote and I know the Secretary of

State will join me in condemning

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those who stoked this violence. But

I am sure he will also agree with me

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that there is a need for a greater

level of respect amongst members of

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this House because we should be

leading by example on this. On

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education, mixing with children from

other backgrounds and religions

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throughout their school life is

indeed one of the best ways of

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preventing barriers being erected in

the first place. A former number ten

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aide said that instead of simply

learning about British values of

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tolerance, children should be living

it. How then will the Secretary of

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State ensure that children will mix

with all cultures and religions as

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the new Education Secretary recently

suggested that he was in favour of

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ditching the 50% cap on religious ad

missions to new oversubscribed faith

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schools? Also, will he commit to

subjecting independent schools to

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community impact assessments? I hope

that today's announcement signals a

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new commitment from the whole of

Government by ten integration

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innovation fund to make better use

of shared community spaces such as

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parks and libraries will do little

for the many communities where the

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facilities have glazed as a result

of Government cuts. -- have closed.

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This strategy should be a blueprint

for the type of society we want our

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children to grow up in. It should be

bold, ambitious, and Dame Louise has

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said, it should be backed with

serious funding. So we welcome the

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broad thrust of the strategy as an

overdue, small first step. But

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despite criticism that it lacks some

of the ambition we would like, we

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would like the strategy to be deeper

and wider in its approach, there are

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some positive ideas in the

statement. The true test will be

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whether there is rigorous evaluation

and whether any successful strategy

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is given the backing and the money

to be expanded to all areas. And

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that extremism, both Islamist and

far right, can be consigned to

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history and that we can go forward

with a diverse, not diverted

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Britain. -- not a divided Britain.

Let me first thank the honourable

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lady for her comments and for

broadly welcoming the strategy. She

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started by mentioning the work of

Dame Louise Casey, the work she has

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done for years on this, including of

course the report but she published.

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Let me take this opportunity to

thank again Dame Louise Casey for

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what she has done and that very

valuable report. Of course that was

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an important input into developing

the strategy as well as evidence

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from other sources and actually from

what I've seen from Dame Louise

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Casey today, she has welcomed this

report. Of course there are things

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that she might have done

differently, but she has also

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broadly welcome to this report and I

thank her for that. The honourable

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lady then went on to mention

English-language and once again I

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welcome her support and

understanding that this is a major

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issue and we should do much more to

try to support those people who have

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settled in our country, those who

speak no or very little English to

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learn that language for all the

obvious reasons and you mentioned

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the visit, for example, I made today

to Walthamstow, to the Queen 's

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grave learning centre, by which I

was very impressed with what I saw

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from the way it is run and also the

people that I met who have, within

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just a year, led an incredible

amount of English. How they talked

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about how it transformed their

lives. I am very supportive of that

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kind of activity and that is why I

am very pleased that it is also part

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of our plan to help more communities

provide that kind of teaching. She

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also mentioned funding for English

language. Of course funding is

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important but it is about more than

just funding. What we have committed

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to today is first of all making sure

that for the first time there is a

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national strategy across all

Government departments, so my

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department, the Home Office, the

education Department, all working

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together with one goal in terms of

helping people to learn English. And

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also making use of community groups

which often can get to those people

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that need to learn English in a much

more practical and sensible way than

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may be as has been done

traditionally and that is why we are

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keen to have these pilot areas, the

five pilot areas which we have

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named, to recognise that there is

not a one size fits all policy, that

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different approaches will be needed

to achieve the same objectives and

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that they should be led by the

evidence and I am glad that she

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agrees with us that everything

should be led by evidence. The

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honourable lady also rightly

condemned the hate crime of all

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types. My honourable friend fact

that the dispatch backs -- stood at

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the dispatch box a few days ago to

outline the hate crime strategy and

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how we are building on that and she

does speak for everyone when she

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says everyone in this House, that

hate crime of any type is

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unacceptable and I agree with her

that people in this House should set

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an example and that applies to all

sorts of hate crime, hate crime

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against Muslims and also

anti-Semitic hate crime as well.

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Lastly, she mentioned faith schools

and schooling more generally. She

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will recall my statement I talked

about segregation in schools. This

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isn't really an issue just with some

faith schools, it is equally an

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issue with non-faith schools and in

many parts of the education sector.

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That is why I am pleased the

Education Secretary, my right

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honourable friend, has agreed to

review what can be done but also to

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work with these pilot areas

immediately, starting with these

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areas, to see what strategies can be

developed at a local level to try to

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reduce segregation which is what I

believe is the first time a

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Government has committed to do that.

My very last comment is also to

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welcome the fact that she has

recognised this as a whole of

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Government strategy, something that

really hasn't been done before by

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successive governments to recognise

that almost every Government

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department, some clearly more than

others, has a role to play in

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building a more integrated and

cohesive society.

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First of all can I join my right

honourable friend in utterly

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condemning the punisher Muslim

letters. Having read the text of it,

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I am so appalled and I hope our

government will ensure the full

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force of the law is put in to

finding the senders of these letters

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and they are punished and I think

the whole House can join in

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condemning the way in which certain

members of this house have been

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specifically targeted in such an

appalling way. Can I welcome the

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Green paper and also the funding and

the determination of my right

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honourable friend to ensure social

integration can be advanced,

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particularly by enabling people to

speak English. In my own Muslim

0:21:070:21:12

community in cash and I find it is

often the older members of the

0:21:120:21:17

community who have not achieved any

fluency in English to any great

0:21:170:21:22

degree. They are often women and

they are often not aware of their

0:21:220:21:25

rights and come play a full part in

society. What does my right

0:21:250:21:29

honourable friend propose to be able

to reach older members of our

0:21:290:21:35

communities to enable them to get

the fluency in English they should

0:21:350:21:40

have?

Can I join my honourable

friend in condemning the letters,

0:21:400:21:44

the hate crime letters that we have

all heard about this week. I can

0:21:440:21:48

reassure her that is alive police

investigation and the full force of

0:21:480:21:52

the law will be used to find the

perpetrators and make sure they are

0:21:520:21:56

punished. She raised the issue of

English language, particularly with

0:21:560:22:00

older members of communities and she

is quite right it can be harder with

0:22:000:22:09

someone who has perhaps been here

for 40, 50 years and still don't

0:22:090:22:11

speak English properly. One of the

things we have seen and we wish to

0:22:110:22:14

expand on more to encourage those

people to learn to speak English is

0:22:140:22:20

to get people from their community

to encourage them and invite them to

0:22:200:22:24

settings that might be familiar and

work with them. It might be a slower

0:22:240:22:28

way of getting them into college or

somewhere where they can learn

0:22:280:22:33

English, but if it works, we will

support it.

I'd like to stop by

0:22:330:22:38

condemning the letters that have

been mentioned and the S&P contains

0:22:380:22:44

racism and hate crimes of all kinds.

This government has a cheap.

0:22:440:22:57

There is no new money for to Bond

and has been for many years. We also

0:22:580:23:06

need to find out what posterity has

done. This government has pandered

0:23:060:23:21

to tabloids and stocked up

anti-immigration rhetoric for years.

0:23:210:23:24

They should apologise for their part

in this. This is a government of go

0:23:240:23:30

home fans, of impoverishing and

making destitute asylum seekers,

0:23:300:23:35

preventing them from working which

would aid immigration. As deeming

0:23:350:23:39

highly skilled migrants as a threat

to national security. In Scotland we

0:23:390:23:49

are working hard on this because it

really matters. Our new integration

0:23:490:24:01

strategy for immigrants happens from

day one. We welcome those who have

0:24:010:24:08

done us be on art of making Scotland

their home. I want to thank each and

0:24:080:24:12

every one of them because we do not

do that enough. The Scottish

0:24:120:24:20

strategy consulted over 700 asylum

seekers. We made provisions for

0:24:200:24:34

asylum seekers to learn English for

free. We have a Scottish refugee

0:24:340:24:46

Council that encourages people to

take a cup of tea with a refugee.

0:24:460:24:52

Will the Minister look to Scotland

for help?

It's a shame that the

0:24:520:25:02

honourable lady has taken such an

unconstructive attitude. This issue

0:25:020:25:07

concerns everyone. It's vitally

important issue and the policies are

0:25:070:25:12

setting out today primarily affect

England. There are some issues like

0:25:120:25:15

the life in the UK test that will be

UK wide, but despite the attitude

0:25:150:25:20

that the honourable lady has taken,

we are ready to work with the

0:25:200:25:24

Scottish Government to further our

joint goals of having a more

0:25:240:25:28

integrated society.

I commend my

right honourable friend for both his

0:25:280:25:33

statement and the manner in which he

has made it. Can I join with others

0:25:330:25:38

in condemning the terrible

atrocities that members across this

0:25:380:25:41

House have suffered as a result of

hate crime against them. In my

0:25:410:25:47

constituency there are 161 languages

spoken in our schools alone. My

0:25:470:25:52

right honourable friend will be

aware that the local select

0:25:520:25:57

committee conducted a brief enquiry

and we will return to this subject

0:25:570:26:02

the game. One of the problems he has

not mentioned however is that

0:26:020:26:07

children with help from school

often. Children that are in school

0:26:070:26:11

is very rapidly learn English and

they become part and parcel of

0:26:110:26:17

society. Children that are withdrawn

from education and do not go to

0:26:170:26:22

school often don't pick of English

very quickly, if not at all. It

0:26:220:26:26

means they come play the full part

in society. Can you update the house

0:26:260:26:30

on what he is going to do to make

sure the people who are withdrawn

0:26:300:26:36

from education are properly educated

and mix with other young children so

0:26:360:26:39

that they get the opportunity to

integrate into society?

First of

0:26:390:26:47

all, can I commend my honourable

friend for his remarks and also take

0:26:470:26:51

note that he represents one of the

most diverse constituencies in the

0:26:510:26:57

country and its richer and

contribute stronger for that. He

0:26:570:27:00

raised the issue about English and

schooling and he is quite right.

0:27:000:27:05

There are some people and evidence

has shown that people are abusing

0:27:050:27:17

the fact that they can take their

children out of school and send them

0:27:170:27:23

to other institutions. We have

committed to a review of the

0:27:230:27:28

guidelines on home-schooling and the

requirements to have all schools

0:27:280:27:32

registered and also to look at the

powers of Ofsted.

I welcome the

0:27:320:27:41

Secretary of State's proposals,

particularly in relation to Bradford

0:27:410:27:46

where we met recently. Bradford is

doing some great work around

0:27:460:27:55

integration, but the truth is his

government's ups of over 130 million

0:27:550:28:02

to ESOL has decimated the local

infrastructure to deliver on these

0:28:020:28:06

plans he is talking about. What

assurances can he give me that my

0:28:060:28:10

city will not be left with this

shoestring budget to deliver this

0:28:100:28:14

vision of his?

First of all we share

the same goals. I know she cares

0:28:140:28:22

deeply about this and we have spoken

about these issues before. Bradford

0:28:220:28:27

is one of those areas that is one of

our pilot areas. We've already

0:28:270:28:34

started work with them and there

will have access to new funding. We

0:28:340:28:37

want to work with them to innovate

and listen to their ideas because

0:28:370:28:41

they are the people on the ground

dealing with these issues day in day

0:28:410:28:45

out. Right to point out resources.

They are important, but also

0:28:450:28:49

practices and how it's done are

equally important and we want to

0:28:490:28:53

learn from that as well.

On Sharia

councils, how do we protect people

0:28:530:28:59

who are ignorant of their rights and

who are subject to peer pressure?

A

0:28:590:29:05

very good question from my right

honourable friend. Once he gets a

0:29:050:29:09

chance to look at the Green paper

more closely he will see that we

0:29:090:29:12

have set out a programme of how we

want to make sure more people,

0:29:120:29:17

including imams in mosques and

others, are making people aware of

0:29:170:29:21

their rights and where we had to

take direct action, so to prohibit

0:29:210:29:25

something such as the example I gave

earlier regarding the change in

0:29:250:29:30

marriage law to make sure that women

are not being abused and taken

0:29:300:29:34

advantage of, we will not hesitate

to do that.

There was much in the

0:29:340:29:40

direction of this to support and the

Secretary of State is right also to

0:29:400:29:43

refer to this central importance of

women in developing the strategy. I

0:29:430:29:51

have seen locally some superb

examples of best practice, including

0:29:510:29:55

working with supplementary schools,

working with parents through sure

0:29:550:29:58

start centres and other forms of

outreach including the kind of peer

0:29:580:30:03

to peer Ricci has referred to, but

he is wrong to say that this is all

0:30:030:30:07

about more than money. Local

authorities have to have the

0:30:070:30:11

capacity to sort this out reach work

and ensure that weather is through

0:30:110:30:15

community groups through local

councils themselves that they are

0:30:150:30:18

able to do this. What we make sure

that councils have the resources

0:30:180:30:22

that they need to turn what is a

conceptual vision around integration

0:30:220:30:26

into practical reality?

Can I be

clear, I'm not saying money is

0:30:260:30:34

unimportant. Of course proper

funding is essential, but equally,

0:30:340:30:40

using that funding appropriately in

the most efficient way is just as

0:30:400:30:45

important and she refers to examples

around the country where councils

0:30:450:30:52

and community groups have done good

work and we should all learn from

0:30:520:30:55

that.

I'm very grateful for the

secretary of state's statement

0:30:550:31:03

today. Again, I want to talk about

the importance of women,

0:31:030:31:08

particularly as they, too, educate

their children. What work has he

0:31:080:31:11

done to look at how he can reach out

to them in a health care setting so

0:31:110:31:16

that those messages as he outlined

in his statement cut across

0:31:160:31:20

government? I mentioned earlier that

this is a cross government strategy.

0:31:200:31:27

That includes working with the

Department of Health and in putting

0:31:270:31:31

this together we have looked at what

ways there are, so for example,

0:31:310:31:36

either through local councils or

community groups to make sure that

0:31:360:31:42

people, particularly women are aware

of their health rights. As Universal

0:31:420:31:47

Credit is being rolled out by DWP,

more people are coming into contact

0:31:470:31:52

with the system, registering for the

first time and were able to look at

0:31:520:31:55

ways we can use the information to

help more people and especially

0:31:550:31:58

those that have perhaps other

services they can use to make sure

0:31:580:32:06

they get those offers. We've heard

all this from governments in the

0:32:060:32:14

past, including this current

government. How can we guarantee

0:32:140:32:17

this will make a difference and when

is the government gave to address

0:32:170:32:21

the issue that people for legitimate

and sensible reasons choose to live

0:32:210:32:26

segregated lives? What is the

government going to do to make them

0:32:260:32:30

integrate rather than choose

segregation?

We should not be

0:32:300:32:36

allowing people to choose to live

segregated lives. It's not something

0:32:360:32:40

that will help them in the long

term, especially is not good for

0:32:400:32:44

them all the rest of society and

that's at the heart of this strategy

0:32:440:32:47

that we set out. We can't force

people to integrate, of course not,

0:32:470:32:52

but the government can do a lot,

working with local government,

0:32:520:32:56

community groups and others to

encourage people to integrate. He is

0:32:560:33:00

right that governments in the past

have tried this and have had some

0:33:000:33:07

successes, but I believe this is the

boldest most far reaching strategy

0:33:070:33:10

ever presented by any government. I

unreservedly condemn the hateful

0:33:100:33:14

letter sent to Muslim MPs, including

the honourable member for Bedford in

0:33:140:33:20

my own county. In South West

Bedfordshire we have wonderful

0:33:200:33:23

examples of the traveller

communities. Children are in school,

0:33:230:33:29

we get the parents into work. Can I

remind both secretaries of state

0:33:290:33:34

that the race disparity audit shows

that the traveller community has the

0:33:340:33:39

worst outcomes. Our planning policy

does not help in this respect,

0:33:390:33:48

providing unnecessary separation.

The Secretary of State assure me

0:33:480:33:50

that this very welcome proposal will

also include the traveller community

0:33:500:33:54

to make sure they are properly

integrated for the benefit of

0:33:540:33:57

everyone?

0:33:570:34:01

I can assure my honourable friend

that when we do about integration,

0:34:010:34:04

it's about all communities,

including of course the travelling

0:34:040:34:08

community. He is right to point to

the race disparity audit and the

0:34:080:34:14

important piece of work which showed

these disparities, especially when

0:34:140:34:17

it came to education, standards from

the travelling community and how

0:34:170:34:23

they are not where anyone would want

them to be. We are taking action

0:34:230:34:27

both through the race disparity

audit work but also my honourable

0:34:270:34:31

friend might be aware that we will

shortly publish a consultation on

0:34:310:34:34

planning issues regarding the

travelling community.

Can I start

0:34:340:34:40

off by thanking the Secretary of

State for his condemnation of the

0:34:400:34:44

literature that I received and other

colleagues received and members of

0:34:440:34:49

the Muslim community received. I

also welcome the tone of his

0:34:490:34:52

statement because in the past,

certain kinds of proposals were

0:34:520:34:59

often reflected in a way that

stigmatised leading communities,

0:34:590:35:04

particularly the British Muslim

community, and can I ask him whether

0:35:040:35:06

he agrees that they are fundamental

to promoting integration is to

0:35:060:35:14

provide security and protection to

minority communities so that they

0:35:140:35:18

have the confidence to live together

with others. In many parts of the

0:35:180:35:25

country, particularly those in small

numbers, and given the rising level

0:35:250:35:29

of hate crime, people do not still

have the confidence to do that, so

0:35:290:35:32

as part of the programme, I welcome

the cross Government strategy to

0:35:320:35:36

make sure that protection and

protection against discrimination is

0:35:360:35:40

something which gets high priority,

along with the other measures.

First

0:35:400:35:46

of all, can I again contemn these

hate crime -- condemn these hate

0:35:460:35:55

crime letters which other than do so

many people but including the

0:35:550:35:58

honourable member and other members

of this House. It is totally

0:35:580:36:02

unacceptable in every way and I want

to assure her that the authorities

0:36:020:36:05

are doing everything they can divide

the perpetrators and make sure they

0:36:050:36:08

are punished for what they do. She

is also correct about the point she

0:36:080:36:11

has made giving people protection

and confidence. I have seen examples

0:36:110:36:19

of that myself throughout my life

but especially as I've been doing

0:36:190:36:24

research in preparing this green

paper and in fact even today, the

0:36:240:36:30

visit I made to Waltham Forest,

showed me again from a number of the

0:36:300:36:34

women I met, it was raped to hear

how they have built up confidence to

0:36:340:36:40

meet others, -- it was great to hear

how they have built up confidence to

0:36:400:36:44

meet others, to learn English and

meet up.

My ride honourable friend

0:36:440:36:55

is aware of my political background

in the London Borough of Tower

0:36:550:37:01

Hamlets and my concerns about the

integration and oversight of portion

0:37:010:37:04

of those children being home

educated. While appreciating the

0:37:040:37:08

work and dedication of the genuine

home educating community, would he

0:37:080:37:12

consider implementing a ban on the

home education of children in

0:37:120:37:16

houseboats in which a member of that

household has been convicted of any

0:37:160:37:21

-- in household in which a member of

that household has been convicted of

0:37:210:37:24

any terrorism or hate crime related

activity?

Firstly, can I thank the

0:37:240:37:29

honourable member for the work she

has done to promote community

0:37:290:37:32

integration in Tower Hamlets. She

raises the abuse of the right that

0:37:320:37:41

is rightly given of people to home

educate and my right honourable

0:37:410:37:45

friend the Education Secretary will

review the guidelines for home

0:37:450:37:49

education and particularly look at

those instances where there is

0:37:490:37:51

evidence of already where people

claim to be home educating their

0:37:510:37:55

children but in fact what they are

doing is sending them to

0:37:550:37:59

unregistered, unregulated schools,

which is clearly a bad outcome for

0:37:590:38:01

their children.

I broadly welcomed

this strategy at the opportunities

0:38:010:38:09

it provides to Bradford to become a

more cohesive place for all that can

0:38:090:38:14

I urge the Government to make sure

that its aims and ambitions are

0:38:140:38:17

matched by sufficient funding to

make them a reality? Also for the

0:38:170:38:21

Secretary of State to recognise that

the root cause of many of these

0:38:210:38:24

problems is the lack of opportunity.

There are too few good jobs, low

0:38:240:38:29

levels of educational attainment and

ultimately too many people living in

0:38:290:38:32

poverty. Because if we truly want

more integrated communities, we have

0:38:320:38:36

to deal with these fundamental

issues.

The honourable lady is right

0:38:360:38:43

to raise the issues and the

importance of opportunities and how

0:38:430:38:49

having a more integrated society

will help with that, particularly

0:38:490:38:53

learning English, but it's a lot

more than that. It's about other

0:38:530:38:56

skills required as well. It's good

that we have a strong economy with

0:38:560:39:00

more people employed than ever

before, including more women than

0:39:000:39:03

ever before, that is a prerequisite

but there's a lot more to do and I

0:39:030:39:07

hope she agrees that the strategy

helps.

Thank you, Madam Deputy

0:39:070:39:12

Speaker, and I join with colleagues

in condemning the letters received

0:39:120:39:15

by other members of this House. When

they attack one member of this House

0:39:150:39:21

to do their job, they attack all of

democracy. During my time in

0:39:210:39:26

Coventry, I saw what faith

communities can do. I spoke in

0:39:260:39:30

temples about my faith and also

heard from other faith groups. What

0:39:300:39:37

role do you see faith groups playing

in delivering their strategy?

My

0:39:370:39:42

honourable friend gives me the

opportunity to thank so many people

0:39:420:39:48

from every faith that brings so many

people together. I have seen so many

0:39:480:39:53

examples myself, whether it is

through schools or masks -- and I

0:39:530:40:08

hope that they will bid for some of

the funds so that they can see how

0:40:080:40:12

they can enable others to do what

they are already doing.

I endorse

0:40:120:40:16

all the comments that have been made

about the appalling letters. I very

0:40:160:40:22

much welcome this strategy not least

because it incorporates so many

0:40:220:40:31

points already made an integration,

but I also welcome that the

0:40:310:40:39

Secretary of State recognises that

integration is a two-way street and

0:40:390:40:42

doesn't fall into the trap of seeing

integration as a conflagration of

0:40:420:40:48

counterterrorism. It is so important

that we recognise that the three

0:40:480:40:52

quarters of a million people that he

refers to who are not fully fluent

0:40:520:40:57

in English, we emphasise that they

want to learn English. The fact that

0:40:570:41:00

they don't know English well is not

because they don't want to. Just

0:41:000:41:04

like his mother, they want to

learning Dutch. The second point is

0:41:040:41:07

that much of our discourse across

the House today have looked at

0:41:070:41:11

divisions along racial lines,

immigration lines and divisive lines

0:41:110:41:17

but it goes beyond that. There are

major divisions between the

0:41:170:41:21

different generations and most

importantly we cannot forget the big

0:41:210:41:26

divisions between socioeconomic

classes in our country, too, and I

0:41:260:41:29

hope of his strategy you take that

on board and look that integration

0:41:290:41:34

in that holistic way, bringing in

all the characteristics that

0:41:340:41:37

sometimes divide us from each other.

On the whole, I think this is a very

0:41:370:41:41

good move from the Government.

The

first of all, let me thank the

0:41:410:41:47

honourable gentleman, not just for

the comments that he made but for

0:41:470:41:50

the work that he's done as chair of

the APPG on integration and the

0:41:500:41:56

report he referred to, when it was

published, I read it carefully and

0:41:560:41:59

it has helped me and my team to

develop the strategy today so I very

0:41:590:42:03

much welcome the work he does and

continues to do on this very

0:42:030:42:07

important issue. He is also right to

emphasise that this is a two-way

0:42:070:42:11

street. I very much agree with him

on that. It's very important, as

0:42:110:42:16

well as emphasising that this is all

about integration and community

0:42:160:42:21

integration and building that

cohesion and not about extremism.

0:42:210:42:26

There are two questions about people

learning English and wanting to

0:42:260:42:31

Leningrad. There will be a small

minority that don't see the

0:42:310:42:35

advantage, but -- and wanting to

learn English, there will be a small

0:42:350:42:39

minority that going to the

advantage, but it is our job to show

0:42:390:42:42

them why there is an advantage. As I

saw this morning in Waltham Forest,

0:42:420:42:48

all the women I met, so they were so

eager to show off how were they

0:42:480:42:53

could speak English after just a

year. He is absolutely right in his

0:42:530:42:58

final point about breaking down the

divisions and taking what he

0:42:580:43:01

described as a holistic approach and

not through a narrow window and I

0:43:010:43:06

very much agree with him on that.

Can I thank the Secretary of State

0:43:060:43:13

for his statement. As someone who

grew up in Northern Ireland in the

0:43:130:43:16

1970s, I remember how important it

was, the voluntary society helping

0:43:160:43:22

to reach out across communities.

Madam Deputy Speaker, during the

0:43:220:43:26

Afghanistan war, there were many

brave local people who helped

0:43:260:43:28

support the British Army acting as

translators and some of them needed

0:43:280:43:34

to be evacuated for their own risk.

Three families came to Chelmsford.

0:43:340:43:40

The men, the fathers, spoke English

but the three women didn't. And the

0:43:400:43:44

local women in Chelmsford reached

out and started an English for women

0:43:440:43:47

project. English for women meets

three mornings a week now, there are

0:43:470:43:54

many dozens of families and women

that help, there are lots of retired

0:43:540:43:58

teachers who help across

communities, across faiths. It's a

0:43:580:44:03

fantastic example, so would my right

honourable friend consider visiting

0:44:030:44:09

this and would he consider also

helping to twin these organisations

0:44:090:44:14

with other volunteer organisations

across the country?

First of all, I

0:44:140:44:22

will absolutely consider visiting

Chelmsford and learning for myself

0:44:220:44:25

about English for women. It sounds

like they've done fantastic work and

0:44:250:44:29

I think lessons can be learned by

others, but I would also encourage

0:44:290:44:33

them to make application for our new

innovation fund, because I think

0:44:330:44:37

they could very much do without

help.

You might be forgiven for

0:44:370:44:42

wondering what on earth this member

can have to say about that matter,

0:44:420:44:48

but nevertheless, in my constituency

we have had a large number of Polish

0:44:480:44:54

community members who have lived

amongst us and a very great

0:44:540:45:00

contribution they make to our

community. I want to turn to the

0:45:000:45:05

police force. Police Scotland has

worked extremely hard to build up

0:45:050:45:08

the confidence of the Polish

community and today I think I can

0:45:080:45:12

say that that is very important to

highly effective policing. So with

0:45:120:45:17

the Secretary of State agree with me

that this is crucial in other parts

0:45:170:45:21

of the UK as local police forces

have the confidence of ethnic groups

0:45:210:45:27

and they build on that confidence,

with action taken by the Government

0:45:270:45:31

where possible.

I very much agree

with the honourable member on the

0:45:310:45:36

importance of making sure that the

local police force, whomever that

0:45:360:45:41

maybe, is seen as very much a part

of the local community. After all,

0:45:410:45:47

in this country we police by consent

and that's a very valuable principle

0:45:470:45:52

and it means making sure that all

communities feel the police are

0:45:520:45:57

there for them. It is something I

have discussed with the Home

0:45:570:46:00

Secretary and I do something I know

she sees as equally important.

0:46:000:46:12

I'd like to echo the sentiments made

by my colleague, the honourable

0:46:120:46:21

member. Tim, and I would like to ask

what impact assessment has been made

0:46:210:46:25

on funding for the five pilot areas,

because one of those is my

0:46:250:46:29

constituency of Peter borough and I

know the Secretary of State has said

0:46:290:46:32

that he doesn't want further

division, so I wish to ensure there

0:46:320:46:35

is funding there for us.

It sounds

like the honourable lady welcomes

0:46:350:46:42

that Peter borough is one of the

areas and it's good to see because

0:46:420:46:45

we started working with them a while

back and we are very keen to work

0:46:450:46:49

with them within the department. As

well as working with them on ideas,

0:46:490:46:53

each initiative that they have put

in -- and that they put in place

0:46:530:46:58

will have to be properly funded and

we look forward to working with them

0:46:580:47:01

on that basis.

Can I welcome the

money being given to my borough of

0:47:010:47:05

Waltham Forest and can the Secretary

of State -- had the Secretary of

0:47:050:47:11

State given me more than an hour's

noticed this morning, I would

0:47:110:47:14

happily have met with him this

morning when he met my local men and

0:47:140:47:18

women. At the would have told him,

I'm sure, that we reject the dog

0:47:180:47:23

will --. Whistle politics as these

integration as a one Way St. We

0:47:230:47:31

would also have told him that the

challenge to integration that we see

0:47:310:47:34

in our borough is not just about

being able to speak the same

0:47:340:47:39

language, it's also about having the

time to put down the route I get to

0:47:390:47:42

know each other. Something that

spiralling rents and house prices

0:47:420:47:45

put at risk. Will he commit in

moving forward to tracking what

0:47:450:47:50

impact housing tenure has an

education and when you join with all

0:47:500:47:53

of us in the King at how we can have

longer and more secure tenancies to

0:47:530:47:57

give people the opportunity to know

that good neighbours can become good

0:47:570:48:01

friends?

Yes, I can give the

honourable lady that assurance. Let

0:48:010:48:05

me apologise if you only got one

hour 's notice. That is completely

0:48:050:48:09

unacceptable. I was hoping to see

how there but now I know where that

0:48:090:48:13

was not possible. She can be assured

that I was very impressed by what I

0:48:130:48:16

saw at the Queens Road learning

Centre and I met council leaders

0:48:160:48:20

there as well responsible for the

programme and I would like to see

0:48:200:48:23

more of that activity across the

country, not just do more than

0:48:230:48:31

Forest and the pilot areas. She is

also right about the issue of

0:48:310:48:33

helping people to put down roots and

to learn from other members of their

0:48:330:48:36

community. For example, one of the

examples I saw at the learning

0:48:360:48:39

centre as well as the second

language learning centres was a chat

0:48:390:48:45

group not just about learning

English but making friends and

0:48:450:48:48

making them more comfortable within

their local community.

0:48:480:48:52

Can I welcome this statement and

indeed invite the Secretary of State

0:48:520:48:59

to the jewe will in the Crown of bad

ford. A day's notice will be fine,

0:48:590:49:03

to view progress at a later date.

Does the Secretary of State agree

0:49:030:49:06

with me it's particular important

that parents in Keighley and

0:49:060:49:12

Bradford can speak English to guide

their children at school and their

0:49:120:49:14

choice of friends and choice of

careers and so on. It's important

0:49:140:49:18

that churches and mosques that

promote the value of family life get

0:49:180:49:23

behind this promotion of English

teaching?

I thought you were calling

0:49:230:49:38

me Anna there, Madame Deputy

Speaker. Can I agree with the

0:49:380:49:42

honourable gentleman about the

importance of mosques and churches,

0:49:420:49:47

temples and faith institutions and

the role they can play in, not just

0:49:470:49:50

serving their faith communities, but

also in building that cohesion. As I

0:49:500:49:55

mentioned in an earlier question,

I've seen many examples of that.

0:49:550:49:58

When it comes to learning English

and encouraging those that might be

0:49:580:50:03

reluctant they have an important

role to play.

Thank you very much.

0:50:030:50:07

My apologies to the Secretary of

State. I've just heard that

0:50:070:50:12

Roundhill Primary School issued a

letter to all its parents because

0:50:120:50:17

some of their Muslim families have

received these horrible, hateful

0:50:170:50:20

letters. I know he'll join me in

expressing his complete condemnation

0:50:200:50:24

of that. Would he also agree with me

that that is hate. But actually a

0:50:240:50:30

lot of this stems from two twin

problems of ignorance and blied

0:50:300:50:36

prejudice and we should all of us,

which ever community our lives

0:50:360:50:39

touch, do everything that we can to

get rid of that ignorance and

0:50:390:50:47

prejudice that in its extreme form

that ends up with people sending

0:50:470:50:51

horrible, hateful and actually very

seriously criminal offensive

0:50:510:50:56

letters.

Well, first of all, can I

condemn whoever may have sent the

0:50:560:51:03

letters to the parents of her

primary school in her constituency

0:51:030:51:07

and extend my support to those

parents. And what she has outlined

0:51:070:51:14

goes to the heart of this strategy

today, which is to, for everyone to

0:51:140:51:21

recognise that when we reduce

segregation, build a better

0:51:210:51:25

integrated society it builds more

trust between people and it helps

0:51:250:51:29

them to get on better and to put

aside any prejudices that they might

0:51:290:51:32

have had. That's why it's so

important we see this strategy

0:51:320:51:35

through.

Thank you, Madame Deputy

Speaker. Funding cut since 2010

0:51:350:51:43

would be a big way of improving

integration. I was really pleased to

0:51:430:51:47

see the Secretary of State for

Education on the Treasury bench

0:51:470:51:51

during this statement because I want

to ask about home education. I want

0:51:510:51:55

to know if the Secretary of State

can say a little bit more about the

0:51:550:51:59

approach he thinks is likely to be

adopted because the last time

0:51:590:52:03

parliament discussed home education

and regulation, his party took a

0:52:030:52:07

very firm view they didn't want to

have any regulation at all. So it's

0:52:070:52:11

interesting to note that it seems

the frontbench may have moved on

0:52:110:52:14

that. I would be interested to know

a little bit more about that.

Well,

0:52:140:52:20

Madame Deputy Speaker when it comes

to home education the first thing to

0:52:200:52:24

recognise is it's a valuable and

important right and that won't

0:52:240:52:26

change. There are many examples of

excellent home education. Of course

0:52:260:52:31

we welcome that. We have seen sadly

examples, and some have been

0:52:310:52:38

reported recently, were the home

education has led to a bad outcome

0:52:380:52:43

for those children and has not

helped them, but it hasn't helped

0:52:430:52:46

wider society. That's why the

Government, across government, the

0:52:460:52:52

work that was going to be led by my

right hop rake friend the Education

0:52:520:52:58

Secretary. He will review the

guidelines on home education and

0:52:580:53:00

also make sure that all children

that are being home educated are

0:53:000:53:04

properly registered. At this point,

there is no register of who is being

0:53:040:53:09

educated at home and to make sure

that those rights that are very

0:53:090:53:12

valuable to home education are not

abused but, at the same time,

0:53:120:53:16

they're protected.

Thank you, Madame

Deputy Speaker. Can agree with the

0:53:160:53:20

Secretary of State on the role of

faith groups in the pursuit of

0:53:200:53:24

integration. Would he join with me

in congratulating the Well Project

0:53:240:53:32

in my constituency which helps

refugee and asylum seekers integrate

0:53:320:53:36

through the provision of English as

an additional language and through

0:53:360:53:39

women and girls leadership. I have

to say on a practical level to the

0:53:390:53:44

Secretary of State, since Government

privatised the refugee and asylum

0:53:440:53:56

resettlement things have gone

backward. There isn't integration

0:53:560:53:59

with the rest of civil society. We

will have to work ten times as hard

0:53:590:54:02

to catch up with the model we used

to have.

The honourable gentleman

0:54:020:54:09

raised the issue of resettlement. He

might be interested to know one of

0:54:090:54:13

the policies we will be reviewing

through this green paper is the

0:54:130:54:17

support that is provided to people

that rightly, legitimately settle in

0:54:170:54:22

this country, but the support that

is provided on a long-term basis. We

0:54:220:54:27

have tended to have approach under

successive governments when people

0:54:270:54:31

have their leave to remain they are

left alone, on their own and having

0:54:310:54:35

an approach where they are

constantly provided information.

0:54:350:54:39

That #24e are helped along with that

process, perhaps the process that

0:54:390:54:43

will lead to citizenship is very

important. I'm pleased the Home

0:54:430:54:45

Secretary will be revealing that.

Thank you, Madame Deputy Speaker.

0:54:450:54:50

I'd like to congratulate this House

and cross-party total condemnation

0:54:500:54:57

of the vile messages that has gone

out to some of our colleagues. There

0:54:570:55:00

is no place in this country for such

prejudice and hate. I'd like to tell

0:55:000:55:07

the Secretary of State broadly I

welcome this national strategy and

0:55:070:55:13

I'm extremely pleased that Blackburn

will be a pilot. As I'm sure he is

0:55:130:55:17

aware, there are a number of

fantasticing cases of good examples

0:55:170:55:24

were the communities have integrated

and they are working towards it. I

0:55:240:55:30

have spent my whole political life

working on integration and Coele

0:55:300:55:35

heegs for Blackburn. It adds value

to the town and adds value to the

0:55:350:55:39

people and it makes it a better

place to live and work. Can I

0:55:390:55:42

clarify from the Secretary of State

of how the resources will be uzed

0:55:420:55:48

because of course tackling just

integration, we also need to tackle

0:55:480:55:52

the social economic issues that are

there. I would plead with the

0:55:520:55:55

Secretary of State to come to

Blackburn and share some of the

0:55:550:56:00

experiences our communities have got

to show.

First of all, Madame Deputy

0:56:000:56:06

Speaker, let me take the opportunity

to thank the honourable lady for all

0:56:060:56:10

the work she has been doing for

Blackburn long before she was a

0:56:100:56:14

member of this House as former

leader of community cohesion

0:56:140:56:18

integration. It's worked well-known

to my department and ministers but

0:56:180:56:24

also amongst wider communities that

have looked at Blackburn. She has

0:56:240:56:28

set a real example. I want to take

the community to thank her for that.

0:56:280:56:32

It's one of the reasons why

Blackburn is a pilot. She mentioned

0:56:320:56:45

social economic resources. What the

paper talks about are the resources

0:56:450:56:50

for interrogation what it will help

do is leverage in other funding

0:56:500:56:56

available for skills, perhaps

through DWP or through the Education

0:56:560:57:00

Department and others and that's an

important way I think to look at the

0:57:000:57:03

resource that is will be available.

Thank you, Madame Deputy Speaker.

0:57:030:57:08

Madame Deputy Speaker, as chair of

the all party group on refugees I

0:57:080:57:14

welcome this government's

integration strategy as

0:57:140:57:17

rerecommended one in our inquiry

last year. I will send the Secretary

0:57:170:57:20

of State a report of that inquiry

that looks at refugees who want to

0:57:200:57:25

work and contribute to our economy

to the country that granted them

0:57:250:57:28

asylum. Will the Secretary of State

meet with me and discuss the points

0:57:280:57:37

in that inquiry finding as to how it

relates to his

0:57:370:57:41

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