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Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in the next six months to protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks; and if he will make a statement. (321840)

The Government take attacks on the Jewish community very seriously and provide a co-ordinated and continual response.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) National Community Tension Team (NCTT) carries out community impact assessments and identifies particular Jewish communities for reassurance activity. The NCTT also coordinates a national operation to ensure security and reassure Jewish communities during High Holy Days.

The Community Safety Trust (CST) was a recipient of funding from the 2009-10 Hate Crime section of the Victims Fund to allow them to improve both their reporting of anti-Semitic incidents and the support provided to victims. In addition, in London, the Metropolitan Police's Operation Rainbow Team, the uniformed policing response to counter-terrorism, has been working with the CST on the security of Jewish buildings.