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Violent Extremism

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Hazel Blears) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

Tomorrow I shall be announcing a package of measures to further our work on preventing violent extremism, concerned with building better connections with local places; fostering community leadership and improving theological understanding.

The launch of Preventing Violent Extremism: Next Steps for Communities, at Manchester Town Hall, will fulfil a public commitment that we made in our April 2007 Winning Hearts and Minds action plan to provide an update on the progress of our work and to articulate the Department for Communities and Local Government’s future priorities on Prevent.

Lord Patel of Bradford undertook some work for me visiting a number of local authorities across the country and a wide range of stakeholders. We will continue to reflect on Lord Patel’s findings over summer 2008 alongside other review and evaluation work on Prevent being undertaken across government. We will set out our conclusions and the further action we propose to take to help develop community approaches later this year.