Hate Crime:Written question - HL11724

Asked on: 22 November 2018
Home Office
Hate Crime
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 19 November (HL11282), whether the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of hate crime includes hate speech; and if so, what is the basis in statute for that offence.
Answered on: 06 December 2018

The term ‘hate speech’ does not have any legal meaning. For any example of hate speech to be treated as a hate crime it would need to meet the police and Crown Prosecution Service definition of a hate crime.

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