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Students: Radicalism

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what written guidance his Department has issued to educational establishments on reducing levels of (a) religious and (b) political extremism in those establishments. (321684)

Guidance was issued to vice-chancellors and college principals from the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on managing the risk of violent extremism.

These two guidance documents can be found at:

http://www.dius.gov.uk/higher_education/shape_and_structure/~/media/publications/L/extremismhe

and

http://www.dius.gov.uk/further_education/guidance_and_good_practice/~/media/publications/L/learning-together-to-be-safe-online-

My noble Friend the Secretary of State wrote to all vice-chancellors in England in February 2010 following the failed Detroit bombing on Christmas day. A copy of this letter will be sent to the hon. Member.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the compatibility of measures planned by his Department to reduce extremism in educational establishments with the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998. (321685)

Work to reduce extremism in educational establishments forms part of the Government's overall counter-terrorism strategy. The revised strategy which was published by the Home Office in 2009 contains a statement on Human Rights. Separate assessments are not undertaken by other Departments.

The statement can be found in sections 7.04 to 7.06 of the counter terrorism strategy document which can be found at:

http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/news-publications/publication-search/contest/contest-strategy