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Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the possible effects of the Israeli military attack on Gaza on future levels of terrorism in the UK. (248497)

The Home Office does not conduct assessments into the threat from international terrorism.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) is responsible for analysing all-source intelligence on the activities, intentions and capabilities of international terrorists who may threaten UK and allied interests worldwide.

Its responsibilities include setting and analysing the threat level for international Terrorism to the UK and its assets, and providing detailed reports on trends, terrorist networks and capabilities.

More information on JTAC can be found here:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on the (a) prepare, (b) prevent, (c) protect and (d) pursue strands of the Contest counter-terrorism strategy in each of the last three years. (254793)

The £2.5 billion Counter Terrorism and Intelligence budget supports a wide range of activities broader than the Contest strategy. In many cases within the Home Office those activities are in support of more than one strand and details spent under each strand is not currently available.