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Counterterrorism

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 12 November 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that the "pursue" and "prevent" strands of their counterterrorist strategy stay separate in order not to collect unnecessarily data and personal information on Muslim citizens. [HL6177]

The Government's counterterrorism strategy, CONTEST, highlighted the importance of managing the connection between “pursue” and “prevent”.

Ensuring that the mutually supportive elements of the two strands are complementary and do not undermine one another requires effective information sharing. We expect the police and their partners to act on the risk they assess from the information available to them. This will determine whether a “prevent” or “pursue” response is more appropriate and which partner or agency should act to protect the public from harm. It is for the police to decide, on a case-by-case basis, if an identified risk should be considered for “pursue” action.

This does not entail the collection of unnecessary data and personal information on Muslim citizens. Information is gathered and shared by the police and local partners only when it is necessary, proportionate and lawful to do so.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to recent comments by the Quilliam Foundation, which receives funding from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, on collecting data on members of the Muslim community. [HL6179]

We completely disagree with the remarks made by the Quilliam Foundation and have written to it to make this clear. Neither on this nor on any other issue does Quilliam speak for the Government.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been made available for Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officers for the Gulf states in each year since 2001; and which department provided that funding. [HL6193]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding will be made available for Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officers for the Gulf states in (a) 2009–10, and (b) 2010–11; and which department will provide that funding. [HL6194]

There are two counter-terrorism and extremism liaison officers (CTELO) in the Gulf states: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. HMG do not hold historical funding data for individual CTELO posts. However, the estimated cost for 2009-10 for the two posts is £345,650. Funding for CTELO posts for 2010-11 has not yet been determined. The Home Office currently funds the CTELO post in Saudi Arabia; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently funds the CTELO post in Bahrain.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which local authorities received or are scheduled to receive money under the Prevent strand of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010, and (e) 2011. [HL6270]

A list of local authorities who have received/will receive funding for Prevent from Government between 2007-08 and 2010-11 is set out below. This includes funding from Communities and Local Government to local authorities through the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (2007-08), Area Based Grant (from 2008-09 to 2010-11), the Community Leadership Fund (CLF) and funding from the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT).

Local Authorities

2006-07

Reading

London Borough of Redbridge

Peterborough

2007-08

LAs above, plus

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Brent

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Hillingdon

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Camden

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Greenwich

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Merton

London Borough of Newham

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Wandsworth

City of Westminster

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Bristol City Council

Crawley Borough Council

Oxford City Council

Slough Borough Council

Reading UA

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2007-08 and 2010-11 only)

Woking Borough Council

Wycombe District Council

Bedford Borough Council

Luton Borough Council

Peterborough City Council

Watford Borough Council

Leicester City Council

Derby City Council

Nottingham City Council

Birmingham City Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Walsall Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Bradford

Calderdale

Leeds City Council

Wakefield City Council (2007-08 and 2010-11)

Kirklees

Rotherham Borough Council

Sheffield Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Bolton

Bury

Manchester City Council

Oldham

Rochdale

Salford (2007-08 and 2010-11 only)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Trafford Council

Wigan Council (2007-08 only)

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Hyndburn Borough Council

Pendle Borough Council

Preston City Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council (2007-08 only)

Rossendale Borough Council (2007-08 only)

2008-09

All LAs above (except where stated), plus

West Sussex (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

Swindon (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

Plymouth (2008-09 and 2009-10 only)

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Aylesbury Vale Council

Milton Keynes Council

Southampton City Council

Portsmouth Council

Coventry City Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Wolverhampton City Council

Liverpool

Wokingham (2008-09 only)

Northamptonshire County Council (2008-09 only)

Northampton Borough Council

2009-10

All LAs above (except where stated), plus

London Borough of Bexley

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Brighton and Hove City Council

St Albans District Council

Solihull (2009-10 only)

Chiltern (2009-10 only)

Gateshead (2009-10 only)

Halton (2009-10 only)

2010-11

All LAs above (except where stated), plus

Gloucester City Council

Medway Council

Cambridge City Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Telford and Wrekin Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Kingston upon Hull UA

Stockton on Tees

Sunderland

More than 60 local authorities also received funding from a £3 million Challenge and Innovation Fund in 2009-10. A full list of the local authorities who received funding is available on the Communities and Local Government website at http://www.communities.gov.uk /communities/preventingextremism/challengeinnovationfund/

DCSF also provided £1.6 million to all top-tier local authorities (150) in 2008-09 to support the roll-out of the schools toolkit “Learning to be Safe Together”.