SCHEDULES

Section 74

SCHEDULE 16E+WHatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

1Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986 (c. 64) (hatred against persons on religious grounds) has effect subject to the following amendments.

2In the heading for Part 3A at the end insert or grounds of sexual orientation.

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I2Sch. 16 para. 2 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

3In the italic cross-heading before section 29A at the end insert and “hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation” .

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I3Sch. 16 para. 3 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

4After that section insert—

29ABMeaning of “hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation”

In this Part “hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation” means hatred against a group of persons defined by reference to sexual orientation (whether towards persons of the same sex, the opposite sex or both).

5In the italic cross-heading before section 29B at the end insert or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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I5Sch. 16 para. 5 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

6(1)Section 29B (use of words or behaviour or display of written material) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In subsection (1), after “religious hatred” insert “ or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

(3)Omit subsection (3).

7In section 29C(1) (publishing or distributing written material), after “religious hatred” insert “ or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

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I8Sch. 16 para. 7 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

8In section 29D(1) (public performance of play), after “religious hatred” insert “ or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

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I9Sch. 16 para. 8 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

9In section 29E(1) (distributing, showing or playing a recording), after “religious hatred” insert “ or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

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I10Sch. 16 para. 9 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

10In section 29F(1) (broadcasting or including programme in programme service), after “religious hatred” insert “ or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

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I11Sch. 16 para. 10 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

11In section 29G(1) (possession of inflammatory material), for “religious hatred to be stirred up thereby” substitute “ thereby to stir up religious hatred or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation ”.

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I12Sch. 16 para. 11 in force at 23.3.2010 by S.I. 2010/712, art. 2(d)

12(1)Section 29H (powers of entry and search) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In subsection (1), omit “in England and Wales”.

(3)Omit subsection (2).

13(1)Section 29I (power to order forfeiture) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In subsection (2)—

(a)in paragraph (a), omit “in the case of an order made in proceedings in England and Wales,”; and

(b)omit paragraph (b).

(3)Omit subsection (4).

14After section 29J insert—

29JAProtection of freedom of expression (sexual orientation)

In this Part, for the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.

15In section 29K(1) (savings for reports of parliamentary or judicial proceedings), for “or in the Scottish Parliament” substitute “ , in the Scottish Parliament or in the National Assembly for Wales ”.

16(1)Section 29L (procedure and punishment) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In subsections (1) and (2), omit “in England and Wales”.

(3)In subsection (3), in paragraph (b), for “six months” substitute “ 12 months ”.

(4)After that subsection insert—

(4)In subsection (3)(b) the reference to 12 months shall be read as a reference to 6 months in relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

17In section 29N (interpretation), after the definition of “dwelling” insert—

hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation” has the meaning given by section 29AB;.