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Antisemitic Hate Crime: Prosecutions

Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Robert Largan Robert Largan Conservative, High Peak

What steps the CPS is taking to improve the prosecution rate for antisemitic hate crime.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

The proper disclosure of unused material is vital if there is to be a fair trial, and we will continue to focus on these issues, including on the issue of better meeting the disclosure obligations. We will work with investigators to pursue all reasonable lines of inquiry.

Photo of Robert Largan Robert Largan Conservative, High Peak

The CPS does not currently publish figures on hate crime prosecution rates disaggregated by racial and religious bias. Will the Solicitor General join me in urging the CPS to make that data available so that we can judge its performance on antisemitism and properly tackle this most hateful form of crime?

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

The issue of antisemitism, which my hon. Friend rightly raises, is one of very considerable concern. Just last week, I visited the Community Security Trust in north London; the work that the trust does with the Jewish community to combat antisemitism is significant and very much appreciated. My hon. Friend is right that it is important that proper records are kept by the CPS in respect of these matters, and we are constantly discussing with the CPS how better it can review its statistics and keep these things properly in the mind of the general public.