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Race Relations

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for the co-ordination of research in the field of race relations.

I have decided that my Advisory Committee on Race Relations Research should be superseded by a new advisory committee with a mixed official and non-official membership under the chairmanship of the Home Office. Nine Government Departments will be represented on the committee and I am inviting representatives of the Race Relations Board, the Community Relations Commission and the Social Science Research Council, together with a number of persons from outside Government, to join it. The task of the committee will be to review research in progress relevant to race relations and to the efficacy of policies to promote equality of opportunity for coloured minorities in Great Britain; to consider the needs for further research of this kind; and to make recommendations.A starting point for the new committee's work will be the recommendations in the report which the Advisory Committee has made to me. This report has been published today. I should like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Professor Marie Jahoda, and her colleagues for producing such a valuable report.