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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 11th July 2005

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Racial and Religious Hatred Bill


 

New Clauses

 

Consequential amendment: powers of arrest

 

Mr Secretary Clarke

 

Added  NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) (arrest

 

without warrant by persons other than constables) after subsection (4) add—

 

“(5)    

This section does not apply in relation to an offence under Part 3 of the

 

Public Order Act 1986.”.’.

 


 

Blasphemy and blasphemous libel

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Not selected  nc1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel are abolished.’.

 


 

Protection of freedom of expression

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Withdrawn  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in Part 3 of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) shall be read or given

 

effect in a way which restricts or prohibits freedom of speech or expression on


 
 

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

any matter of religious belief or lack of religious belief, unless the tone or content

 

of such speech or expression is such as to constitute a justification for violent acts

 

against any group of persons defined by reference to religious belief or lack of

 

religious belief.’.

 


 

Protection for criticism, ridicule, etc.

 

Dr Tony Wright

 

Not called  NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing in Part 3 of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) shall be read as creating

 

offences that involve material that criticises or ridicules or causes offence.’.

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews

 

David Taylor

 

Mr Mark Oaten

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Negatived on division  1

 

Page  1,  line  3  [Clause  1],  leave out from ‘Act’ to end of line 7.

 


 

New Schedule

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews

 

David Taylor

 

Mr Mark Oaten

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Not called  NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Racial hatred

 

1    

Part 3 of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) (racial hatred offences) has effect

 

subject to the following amendment.

 

2    

Section 17 of the Public Order Act is amended to read as follows—


 
 

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

  “(1)  

In this Part ‘racial hatred’ means hatred against a racial group, of

 

persons defined by reference (whether directly or indirectly) to

 

colour, race, nationality, (including citizenship) or ethnic or

 

national origins (‘a racial group’).

 

      (2)  

In this section—

 

(a)    

‘an indirect reference’ means a reference to religion or

 

religious belief or to a person’s membership or presumed

 

membership of a religious group as a pretext for stirring up

 

racial hatred against a racial group;

 

(b)    

‘religious group’ means a group of persons defined by

 

reference to religion or religious belief.

 

      (3)  

It shall not be an offence under this section if the activity consists

 

of—

 

(a)    

criticising the beliefs, teachings or practices of a religion or

 

its followers, for example, by claiming that they are false or

 

harmful;

 

(b)    

proselytising one’s own religion or urging followers of a

 

different religion to cease practicing theirs;

 

(c)    

expressing irreverent comedic comments about religion or

 

belief; its worship, teaching, practice or observance;

 

(d)    

expressing antipathy or dislike of particular religions or

 

their adherents.”.’.

 


 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews

 

David Taylor

 

Mr Mark Oaten

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Not called  2

 

Page  2,  line  1,  leave out the Schedule.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  9

 

Page  2,  line  12  [Schedule],  at end insert—

 

‘17B  

Groups not protected by Part 3

 

For the purposes of Section 17A any group of persons holding the following

 

beliefs or lack of religious belief shall not enjoy the protection of this Part of this

 

Act—

 

(a)    

Satanists;

 

(b)    

Scientologists;

 

(c)    

believers in the need for human sacrifice to propitiate a deity;

 

(d)    

believers in female genital mutilation to live in accordance with the rules

 

of a religion;


 
 

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(e)    

believers in violence as a means of proselytising a belief;

 

(f)    

believers in the divinely ordained supremacy of one race over another.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  3

 

Page  2,  line  22  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.

 

David Davis

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Maclean

 

Not called  10

 

Page  2,  line  23  [Schedule],  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)    

In subsection (3) at end insert “but no power of arrest shall reside with

 

any other person including any person empowered to do so by virtue of

 

section 110 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.”.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  4

 

Page  2,  line  30  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.

 


 

Chris Bryant

 

Not called  11

 

Page  3,  line  1  [Schedule],  leave out sub-paragraph (3) and insert—

 

    ‘(3)    

In subsection (1)(b), for “racial hatred” substitute “racial or religious

 

hatred”.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  5

 

Page  3,  line  4  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  6

 

Page  3,  line  13  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  7

 

Page  3,  line  21  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

David Davis

 

Not called  8

 

Page  3,  line  31  [Schedule],  leave out ‘or religious’.


 
 

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Not called  12

 

Page  3,  line  33  [Schedule],  at end insert—

 

‘11A    

After section 23, insert—

 

“23A  

Blasphemous words, etc.

 

For the purposes of determining whether an offence has been

 

committed under sections 18 to 23, it is immaterial whether the words,

 

behaviour, written material, public performance, recording or

 

programme is blasphemous.”.’.

 

Bill read the third time on division, and passed.

 


 
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