Extremism inquiry hears from Communities Secretary

18 January 2010

John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is among the witnesses appearing at the fourth and final oral evidence session of the Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into preventing violent extremism. Watch live from 4.10pm.

Witnesses

4.10pm - Members of the Project Safe Space Steering Group, UK Youth Parliament

  • Minhaz Khelya, from Blackburn
  • Darwen Rob Clews, from Gloucestershire
  • Errum Mumtaz, from Nottinghamshire

4.30pm

  • Nahid Majid, Convenor of the Tackling Extremism Together Working Group on Regional and Local Strategies
  • Arun Kundnani, Editor, Institute of Race Relations

5pm

  • John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Shahid Malik MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Charles Farr, Director-General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism

'Prevent' is a cross-cutting policy that is led across Government by the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), part of the Home Office. It's aim is 'to stop radicalisation, reduce support for terrorism and violent extremism and discourage people from becoming terrorists.'

In this inquiry, the Committee has been considering the effectiveness of the 'Prevent' programme to date, and its likely effectiveness in the future, with particular reference to whether the programme is the right way of addressing the problem of violent extremism in communities, and whether the Government's strategy for dealing with communities has been effective, and appropriately targeted.

The Committee will also consider whether the programme has reached those it aimed to target, how the programme has been received by communities and whether the Government has been speaking to the right people when formulating the 'Prevent' programme.

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