To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 12 March (HL2248), whether the Law Commission review of legislation related to hate crime has called witnesses; if so, whom; what weight any such hearings with witnesses are giving to the importance of free speech in the UK; whether they intend to submit any recommendations by the Law Commission to Parliament for approval; and if not, why not.
The Government has asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of the legislation related to hate crime, which will report in 2021. The review’s Terms of Reference require the Law Commission to make recommendations that ‘comply with, and are conceptionally informed by’ the right to freedom of expression.
The Law Commission are scheduled to conduct a public consultation later in the year as part of their review. They will be seeking a wide range of perspectives and inviting comment from all interested parties. They have conducted pre-consultation meetings and will hold formal consultation meetings with stakeholders.
As part of their review, the Law Commission are engaging with a variety of stakeholders, including civil rights group, the CPS, community organisations, law enforcement, legal experts and academics.
The Government will reflect on the Law Commission’s recommendations when it is due to report next year.