Counter-terrorism

Home Office written question – answered on 27th June 2017.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Queen's Speech 2017, what the timescale will be for the review of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

We will review our counter-terrorism arrangements to ensure that we are doing everything possible to address the threat from terrorism and to keep the public safe, drawing on lessons from the recent attacks in London and Manchester.

This review will ensure that the police and the security services have the powers they need and that the prison sentences for those found guilty of terror offences are sufficient to keep us all safe. The review will also consider what further steps need to be taken to halt the spread of extremist material and poisonous propaganda online, so there are no safe spaces on the internet for terrorists.

MI5 and the police are conducting an internal review into the recent terrible attacks in Manchester and London. David Anderson QC will provide external assurance of the MI5 and police review. This independent scrutiny will provide confidence that the work is thorough and the Government will take forward recommendations that may arise. The findings of this review work will feed into a new counter-terrorism strategy.

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