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Hate Crime

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 152185, tabled on 11 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will extend the definition of aggravated offences to include crimes motivated by hostility based on disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity as recommended by the 2014 Law Commission review of hate crime legislation.

Answered on

19 June 2018

Hate crime is despicable and has no place in British society. The Government has repeatedly taken action to reduce hate crime, increase reporting and improve support for victims including through the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan.

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 already offers enhanced sentences powers for any offence which is racially or religiously aggravated, or where the offender demonstrated hostility or was motivated by hostility towards the victim because of their sexual orientation or disability or because they were transgender. Such offences merit an increased sentence within the maximum available for the offence.

The Ministry of Justice keeps the current law, and the Law Commission’s recommendations, under review.