HL Deb 11 June 2002 vol 636 cc27-8WA
Baroness Whitaker

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to make changes to current authorisations under Section 19D of the Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended). [HL4666]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin)

We have today revoked the authorisation signed on 23 April 2001 by the then Immigration Minister (Mrs Roche) which permits immigration officers to discriminate in the examination of passengers from certain specified ethnic or national groups. We have kept this authorisation under close review in the light of intelligence assessments from the Immigration Service. After a year's experience of operating the authorisations, the Immigration Service has found it sufficient to rely on the authorisation made on 27 March 2001 which permits it to prioritise certain passengers for additional examination on the basis of their nationality. We will keep under review the possible need for further authorisations permitting discrimination on grounds of ethnic or national origin where necessary in respect of specific targeted operations.

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