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

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Photo of Baroness Helic Baroness Helic Conservative

Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on extremism (HLWS40), what assessment they have made of the link between (1) the distribution of the highly socially conservative literature referred to in the review, and (2) extremist activity; and what action they plan to take to prevent the publication and distribution of such material in the UK.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government laid a Written Ministerial Statement in Parliament on Wednesday 12 July, which conveyed the main findings of the Government’s review into the funding for Islamist extremist activity in the UK. The review has given us the best picture we’ve ever had of how extremists operating in the UK sustain their activities. It has improved our understanding of the nature, scale and sources of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK. The review’s report is classified because of the volume of personal information it contains and for national security reasons.

No single measure will tackle all of the issues of concern raised in the review. The Government has looked carefully at the review’s findings and will build on the measures set out in the Written Ministerial Statement. The Government will also be establishing a powerful new Commission for Countering Extremism. The Commission will have an important role in supporting the Government’s efforts to defeat all forms of extremism.

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