Home Office written question – answered on 18th March 2015.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many pieces of unlawful terrorist material have been taken off the internet since 2010; how many hate preachers have been excluded from the UK since 2010; how many organisations have been proscribed in the UK since 2010; how many (a) British citizenships have been revoked and (b) passports have been removed for terrorism-related reasons since 2010; and how many arrests the police have made for terrorism-related offences since 2010.
The Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit has secured the removal of more than 75,000 pieces of terrorist-related content since 2010.
Since January 2010, 91 hate preachers have been excluded from the UK. Since May 2010, this Government have excluded 88 hate preachers from the UK. The Home
Secretary has the power to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good or if their exclusion is justified on public policy or public security grounds. Coming to the UK is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who seek to subvert our shared values.
19 organisations have been proscribed since May 2010.
Since 2010 there have been 28 deprivation decisions taken on the basis that such action would be ‘conducive to the public good.
On 25 April 2013, the Government redefined the public interest criteria to refuse or withdraw a passport in a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament. Since the Secretary of State’s statement in April 2013, the Royal Prerogative was used 6 times in 2013 and 24 times in 2014. The Royal Prerogative was not exercised on these grounds in the period 2010-2012.
Since (April) 2010, over 800 people have been arrested for terrorism-related offences. Of these more than 220 have been charged and over 150 successfully prosecuted.
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