Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2003-2004

12 February 2004



The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has decided to conduct an inquiry into Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.

The Committee will wish to do the following:

• To explore the reasons for the reported increase in crimes and incidents motivated by hatred within and between the Communities in Northern Ireland;

• To examine the effectiveness of measures taken by government and relevant agencies to tackle prejudice, and to support the victims of such prejudice; and

• To assess the effectiveness of the existing law and proposed changes to that law.

The Committee may also choose to examine other associated issues which may arise in the course of the inquiry.

The Committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive no later  than 10.00 am on Thursday 25 March 2004.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.