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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:53 pm on 5th April 2005.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Labour, Sheffield, Attercliffe 12:53 pm, 5th April 2005

Further to the question put by my hon. Friend Mike Gapes, will the Leader of the House give an assurance that he and his colleagues have done everything possible to try to secure the passage of the provisions in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill relating to religious hatred? The issue is of vital importance to Muslims in our communities. They feel marginalised and threatened at present, and look to the House to say that they are an important and integral part of our society. We should do everything possible to defend them from those heinous crimes. Can my right hon. Friend tell us what the Opposition parties gave as their reasons for refusing to co-operate on this matter?