HC Deb 18 November 2003 vol 413 c841W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racist incidents were reported to the police in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. [138400]

Ms Blears

Section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 requires the Secretary of State to publish such information as he considers expedient in order to enable those involved in the criminal justice system to become aware of the financial implications of their decisions, or to avoid discrimination on grounds of race, sex or any other improper grounds.

The number of racist incidents both 'reported' to and 'recorded' by the police in England and Wales since 1991 and published under section 95, can be seen in the following table.

1991 7,882
1992 7,734
1993–94 11,006
1994–95 11,878
1995–96 12,222
1996–97 13,151
1997–98 23,049
1998–99 23,049
1999–2000 47,814
2000–01 53,092
2001–02 54,351

We believe that the sharp rise in incidents recorded by the police reflects better recording and greater confidence of communities in reporting incidents.