Theresa May: 'Women should be free to wear veils'
17 September 2013 Last updated at 20:31 BST
Home Secretary Theresa May has said that women should be free to wear what they wish and that the "government should (not) tell people what to wear".
A judge ruled on Monday that a defendant in a trial, had to remove her face-veil, also known as the niqab - to give evidence during her trail.
A Lib Dem Home Office minister, Jeremy Browne has since called for a debate on girls wearing face-veils in some public places.
The home secretary was visiting the Kanzul Iman Central Jamia Mosque in Tipton which was hit by an "act of terrorism" in July.