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British Cabinet to Consider Bill on Religious and Racial Bigotry

Selwyn LIoyd, Leader of the House of Commons, promised on behalf of the Government yesterday that Ministers of the Cabinet will consider the possibility of an agreed-upon measure against racial and religious discrimination to be introduced in the new Parliament after the next elections.

He made the promise to a deputation representing all parties and all religious and racial groups which was led by Labor Deputy Fenner Brockway who previously had introduced, for the ninth time, a measure for that purpose. The proposal received a first reading. It would make it an offense to discriminate to the detriment of any person on grounds of color, race or religion or to incite publicly contempt or hatred of any person on such grounds.

Mr. Lloyd also said he would discuss with his Conservative colleagues a proposed that the Government make a general declaration in favor of the principles of such legislation. The deputation also met with opposition leader Harold Wilson who said that if the Brockway bill did not become law before the election and that if a Labor Government took power, it would introduce a Government measure along the lines of the bill.

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