Know more about history to settle in UK

London: A test that all immigrants have to pass before being allowed to settle permanently in the UK is to be revised to include more questions on British history and knowledge about key personalities such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Edward Elgar.

Called `Life in the UK Test`, the mandatory 45-minute test was introduced by the Labour government in 2005, testing the knowledge of immigrants about history, customs and practicalities in Britain. It is a test that challenges British citizens, with many admitting that they would fail, but most immigrants clear it.

As part of moves to curb immigration, the David Cameron government is scrapping some sections and introducing new ones to include knowledge of the first verse of the national anthem and key historical facts about Britain before immigrants can settle permanently or become British citizens.

The Sunday Times today reported that Home secretary Theresa May is scrapping sections on how to claim welfare payments and merits of the Human Rights Act, and including sections on knowledge of British inventions, famous battles and English poetry.

The weekly reported that in a section on culture, new immigrants will be told for the first time that "historically, the UK is a Christian country". The draft of the handbook is to be published in the autumn.

In a section seen as an `explicit attack on Islamic fundamentalism`, the draft reportedly states that there is "no place in British society for extremism and intolerance" and provides a list of criminal offences that migrants will have to memorise.