Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:50 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon 5:50 pm, 21st June 2005

I think Dr. Siddiqui supports what has been called the Lester amendment. I invite my hon. Friend to comment on the points made by Frank Dobson. Under that amendment, offences not already covered by the public order offence of incitement to violence would be dealt with by extending race hate to cover the use of religious words as a proxy for race hate. It would also deal with the problem of discrimination between religions, as Sikhs and Jews would be covered under race hate by the fact that theirs are mono-ethnic religions. Does not the Lester amendment deal with all the points that the right hon. Gentleman raised?