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Race Monitor

Volume 688: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

My honourable friend the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality (Liam Byrne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

My right honourable friend the Home Secretary has today laid before Parliament the fourth annual report produced under Section 19E of the Race Relations Act 1976 by the Immigration and Nationality Race Monitor and placed copies of the report and his response in the Libraries of both Houses. Copies of the summary report of the research project Examining Immigration Decisions on Arriving Passengers, referred to in the race monitor's report, are also being deposited. The race monitor has a statutory duty to report to Parliament through the Home Secretary on ministerial authorisations made under Section 19D of the Race Relations Act enabling immigration staff to discriminate on the basis of nationality or ethnic or national origin in the exercise of their functions. My right honourable friend and I would like to place on record our thanks to Mary Coussey for her work as the race monitor.