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Counter-terrorism

Home Office written question – answered on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Independent, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to page 40 of the Government document Entitled CONTEST: The United Kingdom's Strategy for Countering Terrorism, published in June 2018, what progress he has made on the Government’s aim to more than double the current capacity of the Desistance and Disengagement Programme to accommodate up to 230 individuals.

Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Independent, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) projected budget is and (b) cost to date has been of his Department's Desistance and Disengagement programme (i) in the trial period of that programme and (ii) since that programme has been fully rolled out.

Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Independent, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which external organisations have been contracted to help deliver his Department's Desistance and Disengagement programme; and if he will publish the terms under which those organisations have been so contracted.

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

The Desistance and Disengagement Programme (DDP) launched in October 2016. It focusses on those who have served prison sentences for terrorist or terrorist related offences and are due to be released on probation licence; those on Terrorism Prevention Investigation Measures (TPIMs): and those who have returned from conflict zones in Syria or Iraq and are subject to Temporary Exclusion Orders (TEOs).

We are committed to publishing data where security requirements allow and will continue to publish an annual report on our counter-terrorism work under CONTEST. We do not provide detailed information about the funding allocation of DDP activity.

The Home Office delivers the DDP in conjunction with non-governmental organisations and experienced practitioners. Due to the sensitive nature of this important work, we do not release details of individuals and organisations selected to support the programme or the terms on which they have been contracted.

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