Question to the Home Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Law Commission's Consultation Paper, Hate crime laws, published on 23 September 2021, whether her Department supports the creation of a hate crime commissioner.
In 2018, the Government asked the Law Commission to undertake a review of current hate crime legislation, including whether additional protected characteristics, such as sex, gender and age, should be included.
The Law Commission’s review is also looking at the adequacy and parity of protection offered by the law relating to hate crime and the current range of offences and aggravating factors in sentencing. The Law Commission aims to make recommendations on the most appropriate models to ensure that the criminal law provides consistent and effective protection from conduct motivated by hatred towards protected groups or characteristics.
Publication of the final report is a matter for the Law Commission, which is independent. However, I understand that the Law Commission intends to publish its recommendations later this year, following which the Government will formally respond. Given the complex issues that the Law Commission identified in its consultation, it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the conclusions of its review.
Data on hate crime convictions and cases which proceeded through the criminal justice system can be found here: https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/cps-quarterly-data-summaries