HC Deb 16 September 2004 vol 424 cc1679-80WS
Mr. Woodward

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government has to amend the law to protect(a) transsexuals,(b) people with learning difficulties and(c) people with disabilities from hate crime; and if he will make a statement. [186869]

Fiona Mactaggart

All categories of people are already protected by the criminal law. In particular they are protected from violence and threats of violence by offences such as assault, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. They are also protected from harassment by legislation, including the Protection from Harassment Act. In sentencing for these crimes, courts take particular account of the vulnerability of the victim and the motivation for the crime. The Government has no plans to amend the law to apply differently or specifically to these groups of people.