July 16, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
by: Gurjeet Singh
London – 16 July 2017: The influential Home Affairs Select Committee consists of 11 Members of Parliament, drawn from the three largest political parties and looks at the work of the Home Office and its associated public bodies. The new Chair of the Home Affairs Committee is Yvette Cooper MP.
In the last few days Preet Kaur Gill, the first Sikh woman MP and newly elected Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston has not only been elected the Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs, but she has also been confirmed as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry and seeks written and oral evidence from a wide range of relevant groups and individuals. At the end of an inquiry the Committee will often produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government. The Government must respond to each of the report’s recommendations within two months of publication.
Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: “We are delighted Preet has been chosen for the Home Affairs Select Committee. This committee deals with important matters such as asylum, hate crime, countering extremism, child sexual exploitation and grooming. She will have an opportunity to question the Home Secretary and senior officials at the Home Office and influence their thinking in these and other areas.”
* Gurjeet Singh is National Press Secretary of Sikh Federation (UK).