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Racial Attacks

Volume 13: debated on Friday 27 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish information on racial attacks which is to be collected as a result of the Home Office study "Racial Attacks"; and, if so, in what form and with what frequency.

This is a matter that I shall be pursuing with the police and others concerned.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make arrangements to reassure the indigenous ethnic majority community with regard to racial attacks.

I hope that the measures that I have announced in the foreword to the report will reassure all members of the community, whatever their racial origins.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in his discussions with interested parties on the Home Office study entitled "Racial Attacks", he will satisfy himself that the definition of a racial incident adopted by the study is generally accepted by all those concerned.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department which indigenous majority communities were consulted in the preparation of the Home Office study "Racial Attacks"; and what evidence was obtained.

Very many people of the white majority were consulted in all the areas visited by officials, and the views they expressed have been taken into account in the report.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the evidence for the statements in paragraphs 62 and 74 of the Home Office study "Racial Attacks" relating to hon. Members and prominent public figures.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether violent street crimes were taken into account in the Home Office study "Racial Attacks"; and, if so, in which of the categories listed in pages 7 and 8 they are contained.

Crimes of violence committed on the street were taken into account in the study and are contained in all of the four categories listed.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report tables 3 and 4 on pages 10 and 11 of the Home Office study "Racial Attacks" revised to include data from groups C and D mentioned on page 8 of the report.

The information is not immediately available, but I shall write to my hon. Friend.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report the names, positions and former positions of those who conducted the Home Office study which has published its report "Racial Attacks".

No. A large number of Home Office officials were engaged on this study at its different stages.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in the light of the report of the Home Office study on "Racial Attacks", he will now take measures to halt permanent immigration from the New Commonwealth and Pakistan and initiate a repatriation scheme, including resettlement grants, for all those who wish to take advantage of it.

Table 1—Complaints Against the Police by Outcome
England and WalesNumber of Complaints Received
TotalComplaints Completed
Pending at year endTotal CompletedSubstantiatedUnsubstantiatedWithdrawn
197316,1553,26912,8861,1447,5794,163
197417,4544,08113,3731,1417,6454,587
197519,2054,94714,2581,2548,0574,947
197622,7387,08515,6531,3348,5725,747
197727,45010,51516,9351,1077,9117,917

No, since taking office the Government have tightened the control of primary immigration but have no intention of abandoning the commitments, accepted by previous Administrations, to the wives and children of heads of households lawfully settled in this country and to certain United Kingdom passport holders. Two schemes already exist under which Government funds are available to help people who have failed to settle here and wish to return to their country of origin but lack the means to do so. There are no plans to alter the present arrangements.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will explain the term ''racial disadvantage" as used by him in his foreword to the Home Office study "Racial Attacks".

Racial disadvantage is well described in the Introduction to the recent report on the subject by the Select Committee on Home Affairs (HC 424-I: Session 1980–81).