Race Relations Act 1968
|Long title||An Act to make fresh provision with respect to discrimination on racial grounds, and to make provision with respect to relations between people of different racial origins.|
|Citation||1968 c. 71|
|Royal assent||25 October 1968|
|Repealed by||Race Relations Act 1976|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Race Relations Act 1968 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom making it illegal to refuse housing, employment, or public services to a person on the grounds of colour, race, ethnic or national origins. It also created the Community Relations Commission to promote 'harmonious community relations'.
The Act was criticised for poorly translating "new standards of behaviour" into an effective legal document. The bill which introduced the Act was the focus of one of Enoch Powell's speeches, latterly known as the Rivers of Blood speech.
- Short title as conferred by s. 29 of the Act
- "Research Paper: The Race Relations Amendment Bill" (PDF). The Parliament of the United Kingdom. 8 March 2000.
- Hepple, B.A. "Statutes: Race Relations Act 1968". Modern Law Review. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- telegraph.co.uk: "Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech", 12 Dec 2007
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