Sancho - according to the ONS report: Births in England and Wales by parents’ country of birth, 2010 | 25 August 2011;
"The diverse fertility levels of migrants from different countries of birth are important when analysing the impact of migration on fertility in recent years."
"For example, the TFR for UK born women was 1.6 children per woman, compared with 4.7 for women born in Pakistan and 3.9 for women born in Bangladesh."
Now, these are facts, they are not discriminatory actions taken or comments made against any ethnic group purely on the basis of their different race (which is what constitutes racism) - they are factual observations of the different characteristics of certain ethnic groupings.
It is undeniable that Pakistani and Bangladeshi migrants have larger families (and hence tend to claim more child-related benefits) than UK-born parents. This has relevance to the burden that immigrants from those countries tend to place on the welfare system in the UK.
This is a justifiable topic of debate for the House of Lords to engage with and it is abhorrent that Lord McKenzie would attempt to suppress such discussion by making dismissive remarks towards Baroness Flather.