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MP Philip Hollobone’s planned law to ban wearing the burka in public is binned by Parliament

28 January 2012 General 21 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
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A LAW to ban the burka from being worn in public was among proposed legislation consigned to the dustbin today.

Tory Philip Hollobone’s Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill failed to get a second reading on the last day for consideration of backbench MPs’ Bills this parliamentary session.

Other legislation which failed to make progress included an attempt to set up a mechanism to oust failing MPs and an attempt to reintroduce terraces at football grounds.

Mr Hollobone (Kettering) has previously described the burka as “offensive” and “against the British way of life”.

His legislation would also have outlawed balaclavas and other garments “intended by the wearer as its primary purpose to obscure the face”.

Mr Hollobone’s Bill was one of 48 pieces of legislation for which there was no time for debate after the day was dominated by consideration of the Daylight Saving Bill.

This meant that the Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill was able to be denied a second reading through a cry of “object” from MPs and a similar fate awaited most of the other Bills on the order paper.

Tory MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith’s Recall of Elected Representatives Bill would have allowed constituents to trigger a referendum on whether their MP should remain in office.

Liberal Democrat MP for Bath Don Foster’s Safe Standing (Football Stadia) Bill also failed to make progress, but there was some consolation for him as his Live Music Bill cleared the Commons.

Labour’s Graham Jones (Hyndburn) saw his Metal Theft (Prevention) Bill fail to make progress after objections from the Government whips.

The Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents wires and pipes companies, was disappointed.

The ENA’s chief executive David Smith said: “Opposition to these changes is nothing less than a gift to criminals. We have always said that the problem required a comprehensive solution, something the Bill provided for.

“We now look to the Government to set out their proposals urgently, as every delay increases the risk that an innocent life will be lost.”

Tory Nadine Dorries’ controversial Sex Education (Required Content) Bill, which would have forced schools to give girls information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity, did not even make it on to the order paper.

Ms Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire) told Commons officials there was no need to spend money printing copies of the Bill as there would be no time to debate it.

“I didn’t realise that when you don’t get a hard copy printed they don’t list it on the order paper,” she said.

“To be honest there was more chance of a meteor hitting Parliament than my Bill getting debated.”

However she hinted the measure could return in the next session of Parliament as one of a “number of Bills” she was working on.

Private Members’ Bills are usually only debated on designated Fridays, and there are no more listed days before the end of the Parliamentary session which is expected to be in early May.

In a point of order at the start of today’s proceedings Labour’s Joan Walley (Stoke N), whose Public Bodies (Sustainable Food) Bill was one of the victims of the time limit, attacked the “archaic procedures of this House in getting proper legislation through”.

Original post: MP Philip Hollobone’s planned law to ban wearing the burka in public is binned by Parliament


  1. Finally some good news!

  2. sweet!

  3. all that crap needs to be banned…even the sharia law for cowards…:D

  4. We are a delicious melting pot all connected. Laws are for protection and safety not dress codes….freedom of speech:)

  5. Why don’t they make laws for more useful things and let people be

  6. Shame to see the end of England as we know it. Mooselimbs will conquer that once great land, all because the british refuse to face reality.

  7. How can they ban the burka when it’s an essential part of Muslim culture? We Americans may not like it, but you know what? It’s not OUR way, it’s THEIR way. Let it be!

  8. Chris Genett , Muslims are a tiny minority , how could they conquer it ?

  9. They cant even implement such laws in their own countries.

  10. Gary Dupuis , I have seen christian women in Pakistan wearing chadars , I would agree that its more due to cultural influence , Because nowhere in Quran its mentioned that a woman should cover her face.

  11. Islam can only become fully institutionalized if the indigeneous white people of Europe accept Islam. So far the Muslim population is limited to immigrants and a small population of Europeans (but growing!) Chris Gennett is afraid of something harmless that has been magnified into a giant monster by the media.

  12. Good. If you want to ban pieces of clothing I suggest banning ties for men and bras for women. Everyone will thank you. 🙂

  13. Great news 🙂 and I don’t think muslims are a ‘tiny minority’.

  14. Also European nationalists’ arguements against Islam are moot. They criticize Muslim immigrant people for breeding a lot, and they piss and moan about how white Europeans do not have enough children. The hallmark of a Euro-nationalist is one of hypocrisy, lack of spirituality and the inability to act on their problems. Its easy to raise a family in modern Europe, especially when some governments PAY for couples to have children….but European girls nowadays just wanna have fun and do not exploit that advantage.

  15. Freedom of speech!! The goal of Islam is to take over the world. The flood of immigration to Europe is proof as are there own words. A Melting pot means that you melt into the culture of the country you live in. If you want to wear a burka, stay in a Muslim country. Good God, in the U.S. we can’t wear ball caps or sunglasses in most banks! Liberty is not a suicide pact.

  16. Reality check! Folks who think it is a good idea to have lots of kids are a threat to the human race. There are too many humans on Earth already. We need a couple of generations of one child per couple to insure the survival of the species.

    A discussion about burkas is trivial, and those who perceive it as a threat are idiots.

  17. now my friends I consider this none of our business

  18. bbb i donot believe u should be told how to dress if that is your custom/religion

  19. well john i only had 1 son we now hav no other family he is a freedom loving batchelor when I M gone he will be all alone he needed a sibling

  20. we are supposed to have freedom of religion here. The only argument against burqas and niquabs is that they conceal identity – which can be a public safety issue. There are some laws addressing that – I don’t think you can walk into a bank wearing a mask, for example, and wearing a burqa is essentially wearing a mask. So that’s a legitimate concern. Otherwise – not the government’s business.

  21. Some women believe that face-covering is obligatory, prohibiting burqa or niqab will make them unable to fulfil their religious duty. You can’t change one’s beliefs like that. As for the public safety and concealed identity, I don’t think such prohibition is the only solution for that, as they already know that for that sake, they have to show their faces and they will be glad to do it in front of a female. Also, being covered head to toe is incomparable to being almost naked. Exposed bodies ”negatively” affect people around, while nuns affect only those who hate them.

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