Home Office written question – answered on 5th September 2016.

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Photo of Graham Evans Graham Evans Conservative, Weaver Vale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that the police and security services have the necessary powers to apprehend people planning terrorist attacks in the UK.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for the Home Department

We continue to strengthen our Counter Terrorism powers. The 2015 Counter Terrorism & Security Act provided the police with new powers and created a general duty on public bodies to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. To apprehend terrorist suspects the police and security agencies need to collect intelligence to support arrests and develop evidence to secure prosecutions.

Therefore the government is taking forward the Investigatory Powers Bill, which will provide them with powers fit for the digital age.

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