Skip to main content

Radicalism: Internet

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what budget his Department has allocated to tackle the spread of extremism on the web. (292787)

A wide range of work is being undertaken to prevent the spread of extremism including hate crime and terrorism on the web. Work is also being undertaken by the police. It is not possible to give comprehensive figures for the resources allocated to this.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations his Department is working with to prevent the spread of extremism on the web; and if he will make a statement. (292788)

The strategy to tackle the use of the internet by terrorists and violent extremists is delivered by a wide range of organisations, including a number of Government Departments and agencies, the police, and, crucially, community activists. The internet is a tool which terrorists and violent extremists may seek to use across the range of their activities. We are determined to work with all these partners to make the internet a more hostile environment for them.

Furthermore, in September 2009 the Government launched their Cross-Government Hate Crime Action Plan. This sets out work to improve responses to all types of hate crime, including incitement to hatred that occurs on the internet. It includes actions to update police guidance and structures to ensure effective, robust responses to internet hate crime.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which industry partners he has had discussions on preventing the spread of extremism on the web. (292789)

A range of industry representatives attended a ministerial meeting in February 2008 to discuss ways in which the Home Department might work together with industry partners to tackle online radicalisation. The focus of efforts since has been informed by that discussion, reflecting companies’ concerns and priorities and Government’s desire to take a proportionate and evidence-based approach. Officials continue to hold constructive discussions with industry to develop existing work and explore other options. It would not be appropriate to name the companies involved in these voluntary discussions.