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Key crime bill clears the Lords

PUBLISHED April 7, 2005

A key government bill to tackle organised crime has cleared the Lords minus a controversial proposal to outlaw incitement to religious hatred.

The Serious and Organised Crime, which creates a so-called British FBI, now goes back before MPs.
In the rush to get legislation through before the election the government has lost its ID cards plans and made major concessions on casino liberalisation.
Ministers have vowed to resurrect the ID cards bill if they win the election.