Religiously Aggravated Offences

Home Office written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals for police forces in England and Wales to record anti-Muslim hate crime.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government takes all forms of hate crime very seriously. We deplore all religious and racially motivated attacks and we are committed to ensuring that the police respond appropriately when they occur. Since 2012 the police have recorded all hate crimes as part of their Annual Data Requirement. The crimes are recorded by motivation – by race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.

We are currently looking at how we can break this data down further. Our comprehensive new Counter- Extremism strategy, which will set out a range of measures to identify and defeat extremism in all of its forms, will be published in the summer.

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