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Submissions to Parliament

Produced by our Parliamentary and Public Affairs Team

From 1996 to 2014 Maranatha’s Parliamentary and Public Affairs Team, headed up by our late Co-Founder Dennis Wrigley, campaigned to promote Christian standards in public policy. To this end we organised conferences and meetings, responded to formal submissions, submitted briefings to committees and lobbied opinion-formers and leaders in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the world.

All our submissions and briefings are freely available from the links on this page, as PDF documents.

In addition to this, through Trumpet Call, we rallied individuals to lobby their MP’s and speak out on matters that concern us. The archive of these campaigns is available here:

Submissions 2012-2014

August 14: Response to Consultation on Proposed New Independent School Standards – a submission to the Department for Education.
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March 13: Same Sex Marriage submission to House of Commons Public Bill Committee.
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Sept 12: Hate Crime Submission to the Association of Chief Police Officers.
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June 12: Equal Civil Marriage Consultation.
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Jan 12: United Kingdom Drugs Strategy.
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Jan 12: Satanist Ritual Abuse of Children.
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Jan 12: Fair Treatment of Christians.
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2009-2011

Oct 11: Clearing the Ground – our response to the initial survey carried out by the UK Parliamentary
“Clearing the Ground” enquiry – response to specific questions.
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July 11: Response to online Consultation on Understanding equality and human rights in relation to religion or belief.
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Jan 10: Hate Crime – An Overview
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Jan 10: The United Nations & Human Rights, A Matter of Concern – A Briefing
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Dec 09: Submission to the BBC Trust in response to the BBC Editorial Guidelines Consultation
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Dec 09: Corruption of the Young – criticism of the highly controversial NHS Sheffield booklet ‘Pleasure’ for workers among young people on sexual health matters.
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Dec 09: The Slippery Slope to Euthanasia
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Jan 09: Statement to the Speaker’s Conference on the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons, and associated matters.
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2008

Sept 08: The Horror of Orissa: Briefings to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
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Sept 08: Sex and Relationships Education: Submission to the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
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Sept 08: A Review of Sex and Relationships Education: Briefing to Rt Hon Beverley Hughes MP and Mr Jim Knight MP.
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June 08: Public Benefit and the Advancement of Religion: Submission to the Charity Commission.
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May 08: An Open Letter: Response to ‘A Common Word between Us and You’ from 138 Islamic leaders.
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April 08: Sitting on a Time-Bomb: The NEETS threat to our society and economy.
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Jan 08: Submission to the Northern Ireland Consultative Group on the Past.
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2007

Oct 07: Drugs: Our community, Your Say
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Sept 07: Discrimination Law Review
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Sept 07: Scientific Developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967 (by Council for Health & Wholeness)
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Aug 07: Scientific Developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967
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Mar 07: Questions to the Delegated Legislative Committee on the proposed Sexual Orientation Regulations
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2006

Nov 06: Poisoned bodies, Poisoned Mind
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Oct 06: Marriage & Family in the United Kingdom � An overview
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Sept 06: Apostasy – An Overview
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Aug 06: The criminalisation of statements of belief to IPCC
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Aug 06: Police ban on display of Scripture in London to IPCC
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Jun 06: Mental Capacity act 2006 – Draft Code of Practice
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Jun 06: Proposals to outlaw sexual orientation discrimination in the provision of goods and services
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Mar 06: An Assault on Human Rights
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Mar 06: Substance Misuse : Public Health Interventions
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Mar 06: STI’s & Teenage Pregnancy
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Mar 06: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill
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Mar 06: The proposed new offence of the Incitement to Religious Hatred
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Jan 06: An Inquiry into Scientific Advice, Risk & Evidence: how Government handles them
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2005

Oct 05: A Gateway to Tyranny – Incitement to Religious Hatred
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Sept 05: Cannabis Reclassification – A Submission to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
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Jul 05: Persecution of Christians Today – The Price of Faith
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2004

Dec 04: Reconciliation – Ways of Dealing with Northern Ireland’s Past
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Nov 04: Paying the Price � A Response to the Home Office Consultation Paper on Prostitution
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Oct 04: The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry
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Oct 04: Broadcasting Standards in the United Kingdom
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Oct 04: Briefing on mental Capacity Bill (Joint statement with Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship)
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Sept 04: Submission for the inquiry into the relationship between the state and the family
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Aug 04: Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill
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Jun 04: A Question of Truth – Submission to BBC
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Jun 04: Choosing Health to Department of Health
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Mar 04: Submission on Sexual Health ‘Five Year Strategy to N.I. Department of Health
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Mar 04: Gender Recognition Bill
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1996 – 2003

The following submissions and briefings are not available for download. Please Contact us to request a copy.

Nov 03: Mental Incapacity Bill (Letter to Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

Oct 03: Civil Registration ‘Delivering Vital Change’

Aug 03: Chaplaincy Submission

Mar 03: Submission to Home Office on Drugs

Jul 02: Submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences

Jun 02: Submission to Health Committee on National Strategy for Sexual Health & HIV

Apr 02: Submission to Lord Chancellor’s Department – ‘Making decisions: helping people who have difficulty deciding for themselves’ (Euthanasia)

Nov 01: Submission to Prime Minister etc – Cannabis A Warning

Apr 01: Health Department – ‘A question of Truth’ (re Avon Health Authority)

Feb 01: Response to Government White Paper on Communication

Oct 00: The rights of children and rights of Pornographers (R18 videos)

Dec 99: Response to British Board of Film Classification re:Guidelines

Jun 99: Consultation on the review of the National Curriculum in England

Jun 99: Response to Broadcasting Standards Commission – re Religion / Multi-Cultural Society

May 99: Notes produced by to Adjournment Debate House of Commons May 1999

Feb 99: Response to Social Exclusion Unit – ’16-18 year olds not in education, training or employment’

Nov 98: Response to the Social Exclusion Unit – Teenage Parenthood

May 98: Family & Marriage – A review of the current situation in the United Kingdom

Mar 97: Submission to UN on Religious Intolerance

Feb 97: Submission to Independent Television Commission – ‘No Child of Mine’

Dec 96: Submission to School Curriculum & Assessment Authority