Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:05 pm on 29th March 1999.

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Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Conservative, Penrith and The Border 7:05 pm, 29th March 1999

If I continue my speech, I might provoke the hon. Lady into remembering.

I should be happy to be corrected if I have got this little example of a racist incident wrong. Let us suppose that four men are having a drink after work; they come out of the pub and find that their car windscreens have all been smashed. One man is black and says that the smashing of his windscreen is a racist incident. Am I right in understanding that the police would be obliged to record it as such in his case? Even worse: the black man does not complain to the police that the smashing of his windscreen is a racist incident, but others who spot the incident on the news that night or in the local paper the following week go to the police and say that it was a racist incident.