European Union (Amendment) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:30 pm on 19th May 2008.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 7:30 pm, 19th May 2008

Will the noble Lord give way? I am most obliged. Of course it is considered courteous in this House to give way if somebody challenges you, unlike in the House of Commons.

I am surprised that the noble Lord should be happy with the reply given by the Minister on xenophobia. Surely he would agree that xenophobia is quite different from racism. The question that the noble Lord, Lord Bach, really should answer is, if somebody expresses dislike of the French or perhaps even hatred of the Germans because of the war they caused in 1939, could they be extradited to another country where there is an offence of xenophobia?