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Home secretary Jack Straw has announced he was extending the ...
Home secretary Jack Straw has announced he was extending the

consultation period on the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE)

review of the Race Relations Act (RRA).

Speaking in London at the Bandung Parliamentary Institute's

seminar on the review, Mr Straw said the floor was still open for

debate on tackling racism effectively.

Nearly 60 proposals had already been put forward in the CRE's Third

Review. These had built on the existing Act but also reflected recent

developments such as the Human Rights Bill. However, Mr Straw said

he would like more ideas before he offered a view on the proposals.

Mr Straw said:

'I would welcome all views about the development of race relations

policy and encourage you to send these to the home office.'

Setting recruitment, retention and promotion targets within the Home

Office and its services will be the first steps in stamping out

racism. These targets and the findings of the Stephen Lawrence

Inquiry will profoundly affect race equality in Britain, said Mr


The government was already tackling racial inequality in other areas

through the Crime and Disorder Act, the Race Relations Forum, the

Social Exclusion Unit and voluntary organisations through Compact.

Mr Straw said:

'Racism and discrimination are an indictment on a society which

believes it is decent and tolerant but too often closes its eyes to

reality. Tolerance is no goal for the millennium - we must aim


'We need to champion diversity. To recognise that a diverse

population offers greater potential for achievement and prosperity

for all.'

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