Commission for Racial Equality

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 10th October 2005.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 2:30 pm, 10th October 2005

How many complaints of (a) racial discrimination, (b) sex discrimination and (c) disability discrimination have been made by the staff of the Commission for Racial Equality in the last five years.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

In the past five years, staff of the Commission for Racial Equality have made one complaint of racial discrimination, two complaints of sex discrimination and one complaint of disability discrimination. In addition, they have made four complaints of discrimination involving both race and sex.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

I thank the Minister for that reply. Is it not incredible that the body that is given taxpayers' money to stamp out race discrimination in this country actually suffers from complaints of race discrimination itself and uses taxpayers' money to settle some of these cases out of court? Is this not a grotesque waste of money, and is it not time that this politically correct body was abolished before it does any more damage to race relations in this country?

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office

The hon. Gentleman is right in one respect: the Commission for Racial Equality has a very important job to do in working towards the elimination of racial discrimination in our country. It does a very good job too.

I might add to the hon. Gentleman that, of the eight complaints received over the five-year period, only six went to employment tribunals and, of those, none was upheld.