Clause 38 — Religious hatred offences
Orders of the Day — Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill — [2nd Allotted Day]
Mr David Blunkett (Home Secretary; Sheffield, Brightside, Labour)
I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way, because his remarks are of considerable interest. I have considered his amendment closely, but surely his example falls in any case within the definition of the aggravated offence. In other words, the individual committing the offence falls within the definition of "aggravated" on the ground that they would be considered to have acted in such a way on the back of an event that, as it happens, does not fall within the range of incitement. Is it not a fact that his party and, I believe, his Front Benchers favour the aggravated offence remaining?