Terrorism: Prisons

Justice written question – answered on 7th July 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to paragraph 8.05 of the United KingdomÂ’s Strategy for Countering International Terrorism, published in March 2009, what arrangements have been put in place in prisons within the high security estate in England and Wales for the collection of intelligence relating to prisoners suspected or convicted of terrorist-related activities or extremism.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The arrangements for gathering intelligence relating to terrorism or extremism in prisons are the same as those for receiving intelligence on any security matter, namely security information reports submitted by prison staff who are already in place carrying out their normal day to day duties.

High security establishments have staff within their security departments whose role it is to monitor and assess intelligence that has been received relating to terrorism and extremism.

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