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S.C.E.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 30th June 2005            

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

  “(6)  

A person who is not shown to have intended to stir up racial or

 

religious hatred is not guilty of an offence under this section if he

 

did not know, or had no reason to suspect, that the offending

 

material was threatening, abusive or insulting.”.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Mr Alistair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not called  20

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  28,  leave out sub-paragraph (3).

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Not called  21

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  30,  leave out ‘likely’ and insert ‘intended’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Not called  22

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  leave out ‘is likely to’ and insert ‘will’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Not called  44

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  leave out ‘racial or’.

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not called  63

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  leave out ‘or religious’.

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not called  77

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert ‘or

 

(c)    

having regard to all the circumstances the material or recording

 

is liable to be heard or seen by any person in whom it is likely to

 

stir up racial hatred.”.’.

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not called  64

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert ‘or

 

(c)    

having regard to all the circumstances the material or recording

 

is intended to be heard or seen by any person in whom it is likely

 

to stir up religious hatred.”.’.

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not called  76

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert ‘or


 
 

S.C.E.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 30th June 2005            

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

he recklessly risks that hatred against a religious group will

 

thereby be stirred up.”.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Not called  82

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)    

For subsection (3) substitute—

 

  “(3)  

In proceedings for an offence under this section it is a defence for

 

an accused who is not shown to have intended to stir up racial or

 

religious hatred to prove that he was not aware of the written

 

material or recording or did not suspect, and had no reason to

 

suspect, that it was threatening, abusive or insulting.”.’.

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Not selected  26

 

Schedule,  page  3,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘11A    

After section 28 insert—

 

“28A  

Blasphemy

 

The law relating to blasphemy is repealed.”.’.

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Not selected  32

 

Page  2,  line  1,  leave out Schedule.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 


 

New CLAUSE

 

Protection of freedom of expression

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

Withdrawn  NC1

 

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 prohibits or restricts discussion, criticism or expressions of

 

antipathy or dislike of particular religions or their adherents, or of any other belief

 

system or its adherents, or proselytising one’s own religion or belief system or


 
 

S.C.E.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 30th June 2005            

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Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, continued

 
 

urging adherents of a different religion or belief system to cease practising

 

theirs.’.

 


 

New schedule

 

Mr Alastair Carmichael

 

Lynne Featherstone

 

Mr Dominic Grieve

 

Mr Mark Prisk

 

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 amendments.

 

2    

Amend section 17 to read as follows—

 

  “(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.”.’.

 

Bill to be reported.


 
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