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Home Secretary announces 'Prevent' review

Home Secretary announces 'Prevent' review

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Tuesday November 09 2010

  The Home Secretary, Theresa May, in a written Ministerial statement presented to the House today has announced the Government’s review of Prevent, a strand in its its counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST.

The statement reads:

“I am pleased to announce today that the Government are formally reviewing the Prevent strand of Contest, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy.

“That we need a preventative approach to terrorism is not in question: we have to deal with the causes of terrorism as well as its symptoms. But we want to avoid the mistakes of the previous Government. The new Prevent strategy will follow the principles of our counter-terrorism legislation. It will be proportionate to the specific challenge we face; it will only do what is necessary to achieve its specific aims; and it will be more effective. It will be separate from work to tackle wider forms of extremism and to promote integration, which is being led by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

“The review will, among other things:

look at the purpose and scope of the Prevent strategy, its overlap and links with other areas of Government policy and its delivery at local level;

examine the role of institutions—such as prisons, higher and further education institutions, schools and mosques—in the delivery of Prevent;

consider the role of other Prevent delivery partners, including the police and other statutory bodies;

consider how activity on Prevent in the UK can be more joined up with work overseas;

examine monitoring and evaluation structures to ensure effectiveness and value-for-money; and;

make recommendations for a revised Prevent strategy.”

The Home Secretary announced that the review will be conducted by Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, the current independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.

Lord Carlile will be replaced in that role by Mr David Anderson QC in the new year.

Those interested in participating in the public consultation on Prevent can find out more here.

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