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Racial Discrimination

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 19 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will respond to the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (14th report, Session 2004–05, HL Paper 88), published on 31 March 2005. [HL3025]

Responsibility for legislation and policy on racial discrimination transferred from the Home Office to the Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2006. We are currently drafting the Government's next report to the United Nations under the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and we are taking account of the JCHR's 2005 report as part of that process. We intend to circulate the draft CERD report to non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in May, for information and comment. We intend to write to the Joint Committee on Human Rights at the same time, enclosing a copy of the draft CERD report, and where appropriate addressing any issues which are not covered in the draft report.