From Legislation to Integration?: Race Relations in Britain by Muhammad Anwar, Ranjit Sondhi, Patrick Roach

By Muhammad Anwar, Ranjit Sondhi, Patrick Roach

Britain is now completely a multiracial and multicultural society, with a race family legislative framework. From laws to Integration? presents a different and entire research of the contribution made by way of this laws to the advance of British race kin. The politics of the Race relatives Act 1976, the problems concerning legislations enforcement and the impression of laws on British race relatives are tested. Contextualizing Britain, it places the country's state of affairs in the ecu Union framework and compares it with the U.S..

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Despite the unpromising political climate, the first annual report by Bonham-Carter's Race Relations Board in 1967, argued strongly and bravely for extending the 1965 Act. The Board summarised the role of legislation in five principles which remain equally valid thirty years later: (1) a law is an unequivocal declaration of public policy; (2) a law gives support to those who do not wish to discriminate, but who feel compelled to do so by social pressure; (3) a law gives protection and redress to minority groups; (4) a law thus provides for the peaceful and orderly adjustment of grievances and the release of tensions; (5) a law reduces prejudice by discouraging the behaviour in which prejudice finds expression.

It is a series of measures by which people from particular racial groups are either encouraged to apply for jobs in which they have been under-represented or Introduction 15 given traInIng to help them develop their potential and so improve their chances in competing for those jobs. It is worth emphasising that the elements of competition and standards remain important in the policies of positive action. The Act does not provide for people to be taken on because they belong to a particular racial group, except in very limited circumstances where racial group is a genuine occupational qualification for the job.

Anthony Lester (London: Collins, 1967). See A. ', Public Law, 224 (Summer, 1994) p. 225. The hostility remained until the Government won another General Election in October 1974, and a new team was put in place at the Horne Office. With considerable assistance from my own Special Adviser, Angela Byre, and from Dipak Nandy, who acted as a consultant. Cmnd. 5724, September 1974. Cmnd. 6234, September 1975. , at paragraphs 22 to 26. RRA 1976, section 25. RRA 1976, section 12. RRA 1976, sections 35, 37 and 38.

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