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Homosexuality

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions have been brought under homophobic hatred legislation in Northern Ireland. (196702)

The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 allows for enhanced sentencing where a crime is hate motivated.

The following table lists the number of cases considered by the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland to have been aggravated by hostility on the basis of sexual orientation.

Number of defendants

2006

2007

Summary prosecution

42

24

Indictable prosecution

14

13

Total

56

37

Note:

2007 data are provisional and may be subject to change at a later date.