Home Affairs Committee announces an inquiry into the Roots of Violent Radicalisation

25 May 2011

Call for written evidence


The Home Affairs Committee is today announcing a new inquiry to examine the root causes of violent radicalisation in the UK, the individuals and groups particularly vulnerable to radicalisation and where this radicalisation tends to take place, in relation to the primary terrorist threats facing the UK.

Specifically, the Committee intends:

  • To determine the major drivers of, and risk factors for recruitment to, terrorist movements linked to (a) Islamic fundamentalism (b) Irish dissident republicanism and (c) domestic extremism;
  • To examine the relative importance of prisons and criminal networks, religious premises, universities and the internet as fora for violent radicalisation;
  • To examine the operation and impact of the current process for proscribing terrorist groups;
  • To consider the appropriateness of current preventative approaches to violent radicalisation, in light of these findings, including the roles of different organisations at national and local level; and
  • To make recommendations to inform implementation of the Government’s forthcoming revised Prevent strategy.

Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by Friday 8 July 2011. Submissions must be no longer than 2,500 words. Further advice on making a submission can be found below. 

Oral evidence sessions will be held : further announcements will be made in due course.


Written evidence should if possible be in Word or rich text format—not PDF format—and sent by e-mail. The use of colour and expensive-to-print material, e.g. photographs, should be avoided. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

Please bear in mind that the Committee is not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The remit of the Home Affairs Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies.

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