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UK Public General Acts

Version 01/10/2007

2006 CHAPTER 1

Default Geographical Extent: E+W

  • Version 01/10/2007

Introductory Text

Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006

2006 CHAPTER 1

An Act to make provision about offences involving stirring up hatred against persons on racial or religious grounds.

[16th February 2006]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Hatred against persons on religious grounds

The Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) is amended in accordance with the Schedule to this Act, which creates offences involving stirring up hatred against persons on religious grounds.


Commencement Information

I1 S. 1 partly in force; s. 1 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 3(2); s. 1 in force for certain purposes at 1.10.2007 by S.I. 2007/2490, art. 2

2 Racial and religious hatred offences: powers of arrest

In section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) (arrest without warrant by persons other than constables) after subsection (4) add—

“(5) This section does not apply in relation to an offence under Part 3 or 3A of the Public Order Act 1986.”

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

(2) This Act comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may appoint by order made by statutory instrument.

(3) An order under subsection (2) may make—

(a) such supplementary, incidental or consequential provision, or
(b) such transitory, transitional or saving provision,
as the Secretary of State considers appropriate in connection with the coming into force of this Act.
(4) This Act extends to England and Wales only.


Subordinate Legislation Made

P1 S. 3(2) power partly exercised: 1.10.2007 appointed for certain purposes by {S.I. 2007/2490}, art. 2