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Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of institutional racism in the police force on anti-terrorism strategies in the community. (94906)

The police service has a duty to carry out its operations in a manner which does not discriminate against particular communities on the grounds of race or faith. All counter-terrorist policies and strategies are assessed for impact on racial groups, in accordance with the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended). In addition, major counter-terrorist operations are subject to community impact assessments to ensure that potentially adverse impact is identified and measures taken to reduce or negate it.