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Racial Discrimination

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL17521, tabled on 25 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review legislation on racism; and what action they intend to take to eliminate racist attacks in the UK.

Answered on

7 August 2019

The United Kingdom has one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to protect communities from hostility, violence and bigotry. We believe that no-one’s opportunities in life should be determined by their ethnicity or religion.

The Government takes racist attacks very seriously, which is why we published the Hate Crime Action Plan in 2016. This was refreshed in 2018, when we committed up to £1.5 million for projects to tackle racially and religiously motivated hatred. We continue to work with the police and third party services such as the Community Security Trust, Tell MAMA and GATE Herts to encourage reporting and support victims of racially motivated hatred.

We have also asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of hate crime legislation and, last year, launched a national hate crime public awareness campaign.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government