Counter-extremism

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th June 2018.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne 12:00 am, 4th June 2018

What steps he is taking to tackle extremism.

Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner

What steps he is taking to tackle extremism.

Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

What steps he is taking to tackle extremism.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

The 2015 counter-extremism strategy committed the Government for the first time to tackling the non-terrorist harm that extremism causes. Since 2015, supported by civil society groups, we have taken steps to protect public institutions from the threat of extremism.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne

In the light of the Parsons Green attack, which was committed by a refugee who had been fostered in my constituency, what steps is my right hon. Friend taking directly to make sure that the public feel safe when going about their daily business?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I can tell my hon. Friend that the new counter-terrorism strategy introduced today touches on counter-extremism as well, and some lessons were learned from the Parsons Green attack. If he would like to learn more about that, I am happy to meet him.

Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner

After the bombing in Manchester, my constituency experienced a sudden sharp loss of police resources in favour of the city of Birmingham, so I welcome the £450 million extra to be spent on combating terrorism. Does the Home Secretary agree that programmes such as the Church Urban Fund’s Near Neighbours scheme are also needed to tackle the underlying causes of extremism and to help strengthen social cohesion?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I agree very much with my right hon. Friend. She will know that I am a big fan of the Near Neighbours scheme. Since 2011 the Government have committed more than £11 million to it, and there is a further £2.6 million agreed for the next two years. There may also be support available from the Government’s “Building a Stronger Britain Together” campaign.

Photo of Adam Holloway Adam Holloway Conservative, Gravesham

My constituents will be absolutely aghast at the thought of people from organisations such as ISIS returning here. What steps can the Government take to prevent harm to our population by people from such organisations?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

My hon. Friend’s constituents are right to be aghast at that, and I fully understand that feeling. This is a Europe-wide issue, and I have already discussed it with some of my counterparts in Europe. We are making sure that individuals who return from conflict zones such as Syria are properly investigated and potentially prosecuted by police, and that if they do come back and live here we have proper restrictions in place.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

Will the Home Secretary please delegate a Minister to meet me about an issue on which it is crucial that work is done sensitively, because errors can occur? I refer to a constituent whose home was mistakenly broken into by terror police. He has been unable to return to work, and his neighbours all believe that he is a terrorist. Will the Home Secretary please delegate a Minister to meet me to sort that out as soon as possible?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department

It sounds like a very important issue, and I will make sure that that is done.