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Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her criteria are for assessing the effect of the activities of (a) Muslim and (b) other community organisations on tackling extremism and promoting shared values. (159866)

As stated in the PSA 26 (“reduce the risk to the UK and interests from international terrorism”), the objective of the PREVENT strand of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism.

Within this, the Department leads on work to enable local communities to be able to challenge robustly ideas of those extremists who seek to undermine our way of life, set out in the Preventing Violent Extremism Action Plan published in April 2007. Key to this is the building of strong communities, confident in themselves, open to others and resilient to violent extremism.