HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 c1643W
10. Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to tackle racism in Northern Ireland. [174930]

Mr. Spellar

The Government have frequently put on record their abhorrence of all forms of intolerance and racism.

We have published draft legislation to give courts stronger sentencing powers for "hate crimes". Enforcement action by the PSNI will be the key to tackling racism alongside our Community Safety Strategy and measures being taken through education, housing, health and social policy.

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