Lord Scarman identified racial disadvantage and inner-city decline April and to report, with the power to make recommendations”. inquiry and Scarman report in and the Lawrence inquiry and Macpherson .. signifier of its official importance, was of Lord Scarman holding a copy of the. Scarman was set up in to examine bad relations between police and the black community. Next week sees the release of the Lawrence inquiry report. one of the members of the panel of inquiry, Sir Herman Ouseley.

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My fear is that when we rrport the third level of acceptance it will turn out to be not acceptance but slow rejection. But I also want to find out more about how scraman carry this forward in many different parts of the country through local consultation. The Scarman report pushed the issue of law and order, and specifically policing, onto the mainstream agenda. I regard that proposal as right and necessary in every way.

I urge the Repkrt Secretary to set about altering the wording of the legislation. I believe we have killed generations by spoon feeding them. Scarman’s inquiry, which was given added urgency by the rioting which flared again across the country in July of the same year, was fundamentally about the police failure to handle riots which resulted from oppressive policing, the collapse of consent and the failure of competence in dealing with conflict and public disorder.

Scarman Report

Lorx a very real sense, that is the problem of reaction to the report. Some of the report’s recommendations were implemented. These areas have gradually become known as the middle city. We have to make the country prosperous so that jobs become available.


In many ways, last summer’s riots were the embers. It is surely time that we came to terms with that diversity. We want to support the Government.

The Home Secretary’s quotation from Lord Scarman’s report concerning the resources already allocated to the inner cities was—I must use the word again, as I did when he last quoted from the report during his statement on the day of publication—at best, a little selective.

Scarman was concerned with the “plight” of the ethnic communities in UK inner cities and scaman relationship with the rest of the national “community”.

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I scarmam like to read an extract from a report about young immigrants and the youth service. That must be repoft by any standards. The report has no authority to suggest that the standards of the police in imposing and maintaining law and order should in any way be varied by reducing them in one part of the country as distinct from another. Although many critics rightly took exception to some aspects of Scarman’s diagnosis, his recommendation to enforce the law on racial discrimination and for positive efforts to be made to tackle racial disadvantage were stated clearly.

In many inner industrial areas those who live in the inner city area work in industrial estates in the outer city.

I welcome the examination of this subject by repotr Select Committee reporr Home Affairsto which both I and my Department are ready to give evidence. I said that unless the public could see that justice was being done in those investigations, they would not be satisfied, and that it would be a disservice to the police force not to bring the matter out into the open.


I gather that in that I am in line with the opinion of the Home Secretary. It is a case not of getting policemen, but of getting the right policemen back on to the beat. They dare not say that the facts are other than I assert.

They may not know who are the community leaders, especially since many of those involved are self-styled leaders. The Secretary of State for the Environment said that the consequence—the right hon. He commended the Select Committee on Home Affairs report on racial disadvantage as a masterly document. I hope that we can be given an answer to the question that I asked the Home Secretary at Question Time two weeks’ ago, which he did not answer then and he did not answer today.

The report of the inquiry into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, to be published next week, is the most significant comment on police and the community since the Scarman report into the Brixton riots of Lord Scarman had something more to say of the nature of the racial element, and it is that something more which forms the link between, as it were, the two parts of the report; for, in a sense, this is two reports rather than one. Here, in the comfort of the House, we rightly call for an end to violence, arson, looting and assault.

I did not know which one to listen to and in the end I listened to all five. What kind of legislation would be required?