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Social Cohesion

Asked whether there was any other discussion at Cabinet, the PMOS said that Ruth Kelly had also done a presentation on the up coming Local Government White Paper. Asked whether the issue of the veil and cohesion had been discussed, the PMOS said that there had been a group discussion of not just the veil, but also of the issues that the Prime Minister had highlighted at PMQs. We needed a real debate within the country about the whole range of views between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities not just the issues of separation and integration within the Muslim community.

Asked repeatedly whether the Prime Minister believed going back to compulsory uniforms would overcome the problem of segregation, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister believed it was a matter for individual schools, and individual authorities. The important point was that we did not see this issue through one subject or one symptom. There was a broader issue here that needed to be debated. That issue essentially was about segregation and integration.

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