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Community Relations: Extremism

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what forums on extremism have been established by her Department in the last five years. (221535)

Forums on extremism established since the commitment made in the 2006 Local Government White Paper, were listed in an answer given to the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr. Goodman) on 30 June 2008, Official Report, columns 619-20W. However, we recognise that local partners need arrangements suited to the needs and circumstances of their areas and that there are many approaches that can be adopted to engage effectively with communities. Many areas are taking forward alternative arrangements that involve forums which tackle broader issues linked to preventing extremism, some of which were listed in the answer of 30 June.