Racial discrimination

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This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on racial discrimination. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

19.11.2015The Equality Act 2010: caste discrimination
This note provides an overview of the concept of caste, explains the existing law and sets out the background to the order-making power in the Equality Act 2010.
22.05.2014The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
06.11.2009The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
10.06.2008Religious Hatred: Attempts to legislate 2001-2005
Religious hatred. By Lucinda Maer. SN/PC/3189.
02.02.2006Commons Divisions on the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill
17.11.2005Equality Bill (HL) (Bill 85 2005-06)
Equality Bill (HL) (Bill 85 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/77
16.06.2005Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (Bill 11 of 2005-06
The Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (Bill 11 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/48
24.03.2005Equality Bill (Bill 72 of 2004/05)
The Equality Bill (Bill 72 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/28.
08.03.2000Race Relations Amendment Bill (HL) Bill (Bill 60 of 1999/2000)
Race Relations Amendment Bill (HL) (Bill 60 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/27.

Select Committee Reports

16.03.2010The Macpherson Report-Ten Years On.
Government response. Home Affairs Select Committee; Home Office report [Commons]
14.07.2009The Macpherson Report - ten years on.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House joins in the commemoration of the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January 2012, which is the 67th anniversary ...
That this House recognises the passing of Basil D'Oliveira; and records its thanks for the dignified and courageous role he played in helping to do away with apartheid in South Africa ...
21.11.2011SEPP BLATTER
That this House condemns the unacceptable and offensive remarks made by the President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter; recognises that his comments have attracted the condemnation of both anti-racism ...
That this House condemns any incidents of racism in sport; notes that there are currently two ongoing investigations into alleged incidents ofracism by high-profile football players; ...
That this House condemns the English Defence League which promotes racism and anti-Semitism and who are planning a march in Middlesbrough on 9 July 2011; notes that this organisation ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses