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We face a real and serious threat in the UK from international terrorism. The UK’s Counter Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST, sets out our approach to countering this threat and is based around the ‘4 Ps’ – Pursue: the investigation and disruption of terrorist attacks; Prevent: work to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism and extremism; Protect: improving our protective security to stop a terrorist attack; and Prepare: working to minimise the impact of an attack and to recover from it as quickly as possible. Taken together these programmes of work tackle the threat to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism. The Home Secretary’s written statement of 9 April reports on our work in 2013, and we are committed to continuing to publish reports annually.So far in 2014 we are legislating to ensure that that we can prosecute people for all terrorist activity, even where that activity takes place overseas. We have also recently passed the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to ensure continued retention of communications data.On 1 September the Prime Minister announced the government’s intention to
introduce new counter-terrorism powers in order to meet the threats posed by the current conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The forthcoming legislation includes measures to disrupt travel to Syria or Iraq and manage the risk posed by returnees. These measures are currently being developed and will be brought forward in the near future.