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Police: Discrimination

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the police do not discriminate on the ground of faith when investigating public order offences. [HL2239]

Under the Human Rights Act, all legislation, including public order offences so far as it is possible to do, must be read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

The investigation of public order offences by the police and the training which underpins the exercise of police powers must be carried out in a way which does not conflict with the principles set out in the convention. The Human Rights Act itself and ultimately the courts provide a check if the police were to act in a non-compliant, discriminatory way.