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Northern Ireland written question – answered on 19th March 2009.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received on levels of anti-Semitism in Northern Ireland since December 2008; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is responsible for matters relating to equality and community relations, including issues surrounding anti-Semitism.

I am advised that the Police Service of Northern Ireland record crimes or incidents that have a religious motivation, however these are not routinely broken down into different faiths. The Police Service of Northern Ireland have advised me that there have been five such crimes or incidents since December 2008, including at least one of an anti-Semitic nature.

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