Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2003-04, dated 21 July 2004


The Home Affairs Committee announced today that it will inquire into terrorism and community relations. It will consider evidence on the impact the threat of terrorism is having on community relations and social cohesion, including public concerns about the terrorist threat, the impact on relations between different sections of the community, any rise in and exploitation of racial tension, and the consequences of anti-terrorist measures.

Particular topics to be considered will include:

• the stigmatisation of minority groups publicly 'associated' with terrorism

• the incidence of  anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of prejudice

• media coverage of these issues

• civil liberties/policing issues.

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,000 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry.  Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by 14 September 2004.  Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee.  If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk or on a disk. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.