Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if she will take steps to extend the Prevent Strategy to Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for what reasons Northern Ireland was not included in the scope of the Prevent Strategy; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

PREVENT forms one part of CONTEST which is the UK Government’s overarching strategy for countering terrorism. The Home Secretary has responsibility for CONTEST. The primary focus of CONTEST is countering international terrorism, not domestic related terrorism which is the principal threat in Northern Ireland.

The PSNI works closely with other security partners across the UK in relation to the threat from international terrorism within Northern Ireland. The Government will continue to support the PSNI and security partners as they respond to terrorist groups which seek to undermine peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland.

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