Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:25 pm on 21st June 2005.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 8:25 pm, 21st June 2005

The hon. Gentleman used some illustrations of horrible behaviour to Muslims, and I think that he would concede that they are all already criminal offences. What he is trying to achieve through the Bill is a change in people's mindset. Will he explain how or why that will come about and will he also deal with the undoubted fettering of freedom of speech that will result from what is, in fact, a draconian piece of legislation?