Clause 78 - Aviation security directions etc

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West 1:00 pm, 8th March 2012

I am not talking about the ’70s and ’80s; I am talking about what is happening with stop-and-search on our streets today and about the police targeting certain groups. The percentage of black and minority ethnic people who are stopped and searched by the police is much higher than that for the white population. The police can argue, as can any security service, that certain people are more likely to be involved in street crime and gang-related violence, but the result of that is the capturing of everybody of a certain colour or ethnicity, which becomes worrying.

I want to discuss what was going on in Manchester, because the system there meant that someone would not be targeted because they looked or behaved in a certain way or had a certain background. It was about everybody being treated the same in certain ways, and then people being picked out for extra attention. The issue should not be based on ethnicity, but I am concerned that that will continue.