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Home Office written question – answered on 5th 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, how many people have participated in his Department's Desistance and Disengagement programme during (a) the trial period of that programme and (b) since that programme has been fully rolled out; and how many of those participants in each such period were mandated to take part in that programme.

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 caseload of DDP activity. The mandating of cases is either an inherent part of the legislation by which the DDP is applied or, where this is not applicable, on a case-by-case basis in order to best manage risk.

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