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Channel 4 Dispatches

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the content of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme on extremism in some mosques, broadcast on 15 January 2007; and what decision has been made about whether criminal offences have been committed by any of the individuals featured. (119985)

[holding answer 8 February 2007]: Responsibility for what is broadcast on television rests with the broadcaster, in this case Channel 4, and the independent regulator for broadcasting standards and content, Ofcom. It is therefore not for the Government to intervene in the content of individual broadcasts.

Moreover, the Government do not have a role to play in determining whether individual incidents constitute an criminal offence. That is an operational matter for the police and for the Crown Prosecution Service.