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Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many journalists have been arrested under counter-terrorism legislation for taking photographs since 2000; and whether any such journalists have been prosecuted. (312736)

The Home Office collates statistics showing the number of individuals convicted of offences related to terrorism. These were included in a bulletin published on 13 May 2009 (Statistics on Terrorism Arrests and Outcomes Great Britain 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2008), and subsequently on 26 November 2009 (Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stops and searches Great Britain 2008-09).

These statistics, however, do not include details on the number of journalists that have been arrested and prosecuted for taking photographs under Counter Terrorism legislation since 2000. The Home Office does not hold these statistics.