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Community Relations: Islam

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2008, Official Report, column 989W, on terrorism, what progress has been made on point 11 of the 12-point plan of 5 August 2005 in respect of consulting Muslim leaders with regard to those clerics who are not British citizens to draw up a list of those not suitable to preach who will be excluded from the UK. (227938)

[holding answer 17 October 2008]: On progress against the 12-point plan, I refer the hon. Member again to the update provided by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1594W. This sets out that all counter-terrorism work has now been subsumed into the United Kingdom’s long-term strategy for countering terrorism (the CONTEST strategy).

On point 11 in the 12-point plan, I refer the hon. Member again to the statement made by the then Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, South (Mr. Clarke) on 15 December 2005, Official Report, columns 167-71WS. No further action was taken in respect of drawing up a list of ‘clerics’ to be excluded from the UK.

Since August 2005, 79 individuals have been excluded from the UK on the basis that they have engaged in unacceptable behaviours. The statistics are not broken down according to the professional background of the individuals concerned. I also refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham, East and Saddleworth (Mr. Woolas) on 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 14W.