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Hate Crime

Question for Home Office

UIN HL11724, tabled on 22 November 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 November (HL11282), whether the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of hate crime includes hate speech; and if so, what is the basis in statute for that offence.

Answered on

6 December 2018

The term ‘hate speech’ does not have any legal meaning. For any example of hate speech to be treated as a hate crime it would need to meet the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of a hate crime.

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Home Office