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Terrorism: Hizb-ut-Tahrir

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Tony Blair when Prime Minister undertook that Hizb-ut-Tahrir would be proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000; and, if so, why that has not happened. [HL739]

In a speech on 5 August 2005, the then Prime Minister stated an intention to proscribe Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT). Proscription is a tough but necessary power to tackle terrorism. Decisions on proscription must be proportionate and based on evidence that an organisation is concerned in terrorism as defined in the Terrorism Act 2000. When HuT was considered for proscription, it was not judged to meet the statutory test contained in the 2000 Act. No further evidence has emerged since which would meet that test.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir, along with other organisations which cause us concern, is kept under continuous review. As and when new material comes to light it is considered and the organisation reassessed as part of that process.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any senior civil servants in the Home Office are members of Hizb-ut-Tahrir. [HL740]

We have no record of any member of the Senior Civil Service in the Home Office having declared membership of Hizb-ut-Tahrir.