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COMMISSION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY REVIEW CONTRIBUTES TO PUBLIC DEBATE

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Proposals by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) for reforming ...
Proposals by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) for reforming

the Race Relations Act 1976 will be studied in detail by the

government, home office minister Mike O'Brien said.

Commenting on the commission's third review of the Race Relations Act

published today together with its annual report for l997, Mr O'Brien

said he welcomed the contribution the CRE was making to public debate

in a vital area.

'The commission's review of the Race Relations Act indicates the

serious consideration and expertise that the CRE has brought to bear

on this subject. The review is a very substantial document and is

now being considered within government.

'The CRE's proposals have far-reaching implications for different

sectors of the community. Interested parties will, no doubt, wish to

make their views on the document known, and how practical and

deliverable they might be.'

Welcoming the CRE's l997 annual report, Mr O'Brien said:

'The government accords a very high priority to tackling racism and

discrimination and recognises the CRE's very important role in this

area.

'We are seeking ever-stronger links with the CRE to ensure that we

focus as far as possible on similar priorities. In this way we seek

to maximise the benefits from our efforts and resources to achieve a

harmonious community.'

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