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Crime: Religiously Aggravated Offences

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of religiously aggravated crime against (a) Christians, (b) Jews, (c) Muslims, (d) Sikhs, (e) Buddhists, (f) Hindus, and (g) persons of no religious belief, were recorded in each year since April 2003; and how many of those crimes involved violence. [HL6189]

The information requested is not collected centrally. The Home Office collects statistics on recorded racially or religiously aggravated offences for some specific categories of offence. However, it is not possible to determine from the police recorded crime data whether an offence was of a racial or religious nature because the data received is in aggregate form. In addition, the recorded crime data series does not collect any information on the religion of victims.