Antisemitism:Written question - 50110

Q
Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 25 October 2016
Home Office
Antisemitism
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on the number of attacks reported against Jewish people in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 03 November 2016

The Home Office does not hold information on the number of attacks against Jewish people in the last five years. The Home Office has collected and published data for 2011/12 to 2015/16 on hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales for the five centrally monitored strands (race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity) but these data cannot be broken down by religion of the victim.

From April 2016, the Home Office began collecting data from the police on the targeted religion of religious hate crime offences in order to help forces build community trust, target their resources and enable the public to better hold them to account. This information will be provided voluntarily in 2016/17, but we intend to make it mandatory from the following year. We expect to publish the first data from this collection in the 2016/17 Hate Crime statistics publication in 2017.

For information, the Community Security Trust publishes figures on anti-Semitic incidents, and the latest figures are available here:

https://cst.org.uk/publications/cst-publications/antisemitic-incident-reports

This Government is committed to tackling hate crime. The UK has one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to tackle hate crime. We are working across Government with police, (including National Community Tensions Team), the Crown Prosecution Service and community partners to send out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will vigorously pursue and prosecute those who commit these crimes.

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