Friday, 12 August 2016

Governments response to Ban the Burkha petition

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Ban the wearing of a Burka, any full or partial front face coverings in public.”.

Government responded:
Face coverings can be worn in public places for a variety of legitimate reasons. The Government has no intention of making it a criminal offence to wear face coverings.
Face coverings can be worn in public places for a variety of legitimate reasons, from religious observance to keeping warm in inclement weather. The Government has no intention of making it a criminal offence to wear face coverings.
Where face coverings are used for the purpose of concealing identity, section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 provides police officers with the power to remove them. The police may also remove face coverings during a stop and search or following an arrest. The Government considers these powers to be both proportionate to citizens’ civil liberties and sufficient to allow the police to protect the public from harm.

Home Office