Commission for Countering Extremism

Home Office written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 March 2018 (HLWS527), when the first annual report of the Commission for Countering Extremism is expected to be published.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 March 2018 (HLWS527), what assessment the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism has made of the threat of, and response to, extremism in the UK.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability on 25 June 2018 (152869), what advice they received from the Lead Commissioner on Countering Extremism on the Commission for Countering Extremism’s future structures, work programme and the appointment of further commissioners; and what was their response to such advice.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals and organisations met with the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism during her first year in post; and what are the dates, locations, agenda and meeting outcomes of all such meetings.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what research briefings have been (1) produced for, and (2) commissioned by the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism; what was the subject of any such briefing; and if provided by an external party, who that was.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The independent Commission for Countering Extremism’s study into the threat we face from extremism and the current response, including advice on new policies to tackle it, will report to the Home Secretary and be published shortly. The Government expects the Lead Commissioner’s report to include advice on the Commission’s future structures, work programme and, if necessary, the appointment of further commissioners.

Once the Commission’s has reported to the Home Secretary on its study and it’s been published, the Government’s response will be a decision for the Home Secretary.

The Commission for Countering Extremism’s public Charter is clear that it’s a transparent body operating independently of the Government. This independence extends to its decision about who it engages with and the methodologies and content of its reports.

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