A ban on Muslim girls and young women wearing veils in public places should be considered, a Liberal Democrat minister has said.
Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a national debate on whether the state should step in to prevent young women having the veil imposed upon them.
His intervention came after a row erupted over the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to drop a ban on the wearing of full-face veils amid public protests.
A judge will decide today whether a Muslim woman should be allowed to stand trial while wearing a full-face veil.
Mr Browne said he was ‘instinctively uneasy’ about restricting religious freedoms.
But he argued there may be a case to act to protect girls who were too young to decide for themselves whether they wished to wear the veil or not.
‘I think this is a good topic for national debate,’ he told…