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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many terrorist cells have been discovered in the United Kingdom since 11 September 2001; and if he will make a statement. (82356)

It is our policy not to comment on the details of specific intelligence operations as these are operational matters for the police and the security service. However, on 11 May 2006, I informed the House that the police and agencies have disrupted many attacks against the UK since 9/11, including three since last July.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he expects the EU plans to introduce a non-emotive lexicon to help combat terrorism to work in practice; and if he will make a statement. (82741)

Under the UK presidency, in the context of the EU's action plan to counter radicalisation and recruitment to terrorism, the Government proposed the development of a “non-emotive lexicon”. This proposal reflected our recognition, and that of the EU, that certain terms are potentially inflammatory if used inappropriately and there are those who wish to misrepresent Government policies as anti-Muslim or anti-Islam. The Austrian presidency took work on this forward with the development of a short list of key terms and a broader EU communications strategy, which was designed to provide a framework for discussing issues related to Islamist terrorism. The lexicon is a living document which the current presidency may or may not chose to expand, but, as part of the communications strategy, it is a guide to help EU Ministers and officials express themselves clearly and to minimise the chance of their statements and policies being misunderstood or misconstrued.