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Volume 712: debated on Monday 5 October 2009


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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report and the number of right-wing extremist groups in Europe. [HL5110]

The Government are committed to tackling extremism whatever form it takes. The police will use a full range of information and intelligence, including the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report, to inform their strategy to tackle right-wing extremism.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they take account of the colour, ethnicity or religion of suspects when deciding whether to prosecute them for crimes relating to terrorism. [HL5113]

Her Majesty’s Government do not take decisions whether or not to prosecute an individual. This is a matter for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, which do so on the basis of the evidence available to them relating to an offence. The chief consideration is the evidence of criminal activity. Colour, ethnicity and religion are not factors taken into account when considering whether to prosecute.

Answers received between Monday 17 August and Monday 24 August 2009