Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 7:30 pm, 21st June 2005

Legislation is sometimes important, because it can send a signal and drive a stake in the ground, and I am glad that we have legislated on some of the racial issues that we have faced in this country in the past 30 years. However, this is a matter for dialogue, education and relationships, and we must all be much more responsible and active in pursuing those objectives. Even if the Bill is amended, it will not do the job.