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
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
'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