LONDON, UK—The Sikh Federation (UK) is pleased to announce that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs has secured a 90-minute debate in the UK Parliament on Wednesday 13 March 2013 at 9.30am in Westminster Hall about the British Sikh community.
This is an excellent opportunity to not only celebrate the success of the British Sikh community, but also to raise a range of issues where Sikhs have concerns. These include issues relating to the UK Government interface with the British Sikh community, various Sikh identity issues, treatment of Sikhs and Sikh organizations in the UK and numerous long standing human rights concerns. The debate is also helpful on the back of the debate on February 28th on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in India.
The debate will be led by Gareth Johnson MP (Con) – Dartford. Although there is very little notice for the debate the Sikh Federation (UK) said they expect more MPs to take part in the debate than those that took part on February 28th as the APPG for British Sikhs has much broader appeal.
The Sikh Federation (UK) said it will be sending a briefing to MPs early next week for the debate on Wednesday 13 March that will take place prior to Prime Minister’s Question Time. The Sikh Council UK is working closely with the Sikh Federation (UK) to help brief MPs on the range of issues that are likely to come up.