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Racially Aggravated Offences: Prosecutions

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for racial hatred offences there were in each of the last 10 years. (197323)

The Attorney-General's consent is required for prosecutions under Part III of the Public Order Act 1986 (relating to offences concerning conduct intended to, or likely to, stir up racial hatred). The Attorney- General's Office (AGO) keeps statistics in relation to prosecutions where such consent has been granted. The following table captures the relevant data for 1998 to 2008 inclusive. The statistics are recorded by reference to the year in which each case was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by the police, rather than the year in which an offender was charged or convicted.

Prosecutions

1998

0

1999

5

2000

8

2001

2

2002

1

2003

8

2004

8

2005

2

2006

3

2007

0

2008

0

Total

44