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Islamist Terrorism

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle Islamist terrorism; and if he will make a statement. (85477)

[holding answer 17 July 2006]: The United Kingdom faces a continuing threat from individuals who believe they can advance their aims by committing acts of terrorism here in the UK and against our citizens and interests abroad. The Government's counter terrorism strategy—known as CONTEST—was published on 10 July and explains the framework we have implemented to tackle terrorism in the UK.

The key to preventing terrorism is not only improved security and legislative arrangements: these alone will not defeat terrorism. A key focus of Government are to engage in genuine and meaningful dialogue with the Muslim communities and to tackle difficult issues.