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Religious Discrimination

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to make discrimination on religious grounds unlawful. [18559]

The Government are alive to concerns about religious discrimination. This issue raises many difficult, sensitive and complex questions, which need to be carefully considered before we reach conclusions. My current priority is the forthcoming legislation on racial harassment, violence and other racially motivated crimes. In the meantime, I am happy to receive views on whether legislation in due course would be desirable.